Breathing Exercises For Singers

Written by James Lyons
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Learning how to sing involves learning how to breathe correctly. When I was a kid, I wanted to be Pavarotti. I saw him in an opera on PBS one morning when I was six or seven years old and I was blown away. I was flipping through the channels watching my Saturday morning cartoons and there was Pavarotti belting out some incredible notes. I thought to myself, "How does a man that fat do that?"

Clearly Pavarotti had mastered some breathing exercises to be able to sing like that. I remain a terrible singer, but I'm surrounded by a number of talented vocalists who perform various breathing exercises specifically designed for singers. These are well-trained vocalists who studied at some of the world's finest institutions.

Train Your Breath if You Want to Sing

A trainer singer doesn't have to push or force air through her vocal chords in order to generate a nice, strong, melodic sound. An untrained vocalist will force the air out as they sing. This tension and pressure can damage the vocal chords and shorten a person's singing career. Even the greatest natural voice in the world needs to master the art of breathing if she wants to sustain the ability to sing throughout her entire life.

The most common breathing exercise for singers involves lying on your back and placing your hands on your waist with your fingers pointing towards your belly button. When lying down, a person tends to breathe naturally with the diaphragm and the abdomen. As you breath, you will notice your stomach rise and your hands slowly rise. You'll feel the body expand up and out. Breathe out slowly to a count of five and repeat at least 10 times.

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