I hope you’re ready to croon! Today, I want you to look over these breathing techniques and diaphragm singing tips to help correct this before your next performance.
You do warm up exercises, run through the music scales.
And, as a singer you are well aware of your vocal condition, weather, etc.
But, did you know that your diaphragm can affect your singing voice quality as well?
Diaphragm Singing Tips – Low Maintenance on Your Diaphragm Could Affect Your Singing Voice
Vocal Lesson about Diaphragm Singing & Breathing Techniques
This set of singing lessons cover the art (and science) of how your diaphragm affects your voice.
If your singing were done by computer, you could click the mouse and correct the sounds and volume.
However, you do not have a digital voice, just a human singing voice so you have to learn to control it from within. This article will help you achieve that goal.
Ever Heard of Diaphragm Singing?
If you’ve been singing any length of time, you have probably heard the phrase “sing with your diaphragm” already.
But what does this really mean? What is it and how does it work?
How does the diaphragm help with singing?
Let’s explore what the word really means and how it is connected to good singing.
The Diaphragm Explained
This is basically a system of muscles that is connected to the lowest ribs on the sides. It is also connected to the sternum and the back, top lumbar region.
The diaphragm’s primary function is to help you inhale. It descends when you inhale, displacing the viscera, upper intestines and stomach.
People with a short waist will notice that their epigastric area, or the area between the naval and sternum, bulges out when they inhale.
Long-waisted people will show little bulging while inhaling because there’s more room for expansion.
Exhaling and Singing
The diaphragm plays no role in actual exhalation, but does act as a controlling muscle system and controls how quickly you can exhale your breath.
Exhalation is controlled by the abdominal system, which is located from your naval to your pelvis.
When you exhale quickly, the diaphragm is basically inactive; however, when exhaling slowly, it resists the natural exhaling action of the abdomen.
**EXPERIMENT: Try breathing out very slowly and you’ll notice that for the first second or two, you are controlling the exhalation.
After that it happens without effort. Your diaphragm has taken action to ensure proper exhalation.
Amazing, huh? When you breathe out quickly, you control the exhalation process. Try it both ways to feel the difference.
Singing and Exhalation
When singing, it’s like you are breathing out these long, slow breaths throughout your song. You try to control them, but on long notes, the diaphragm will have to take over – it’s only natural!
All people have a strong diaphragm no matter what their size or height. It just doesn’t need to be strengthened – it needs to be controlled.
You must know how and when it works before you can control it.
Your vocal cords should not be used to hold back excessive pressure from breathing.
Instead, they should only have enough breath pressure to help maintain their sound vibrations.
If too much pressure falls on the vocal cords, they press together too tightly and cannot freely function as they should.
While singing, your epigastric area should not be sucked in, but should be in the position it is in when full of air after inhaling, immediately after the onset of a tone.
This sounds like the opposite of what it should be, right?
Breathe Deeply from the Diaphragm
Think about it. If you take a good breath and then exhale most of it or all of it before singing the note, you’re going to be “out of breath” too quickly.
This happens because your diaphragm has already collapsed.
So, inhale a deep breath and be sure you are breathing in properly with your gut extending outward slightly, not your chest.
Then begin to sing and allow the diaphragm to go to work.
Imagine a whirlwind coming up from your stomach and then aim for the area between the soft and hard palate to control sound.
Using this vocal warmup method, you will notice you can hold the notes or sing longer phrases without breathing difficulties.
Never Stop Learning to Sing
Now, with that said, there are many other lessons to learn for improving singing voice and the breathing techniques for vocals will help take care of the diaphragm issues. Don’t stop here.
Develop your musical talent and take it to the next level. Get excited as a singer, learn more daily and it will show when you perform on stage for thousands or even at your local karaoke competition.
Singing Tutorials Online
If you don’t feel you are ready to sing using your diaphragm yet, you can find plenty of tutorials about singing online. One course I like is Singorama.
If you feel uncomfortable singing in front of a group of people, voice training might be just what you need to overcome your singing fears!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial with diaphragm singing tips. I also hope you will take your training seriously to become that vocalist you’ve always wanted to be. If you’re really serious about singing, check out the Singorama review here ..
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