If you have only experienced difficulty with your breath control when you sing, then you might be missing out on a very simple technique that only deep diaphragmatic breathing exercises can help you develop. I hate to have to sound like a broken record at times, but breathing is everything–if you want to hold your notes like a pro. I know it might sound a little basic, AND predictable, but it will make a world of difference to your singing. The more your breathing gets in the way of your ability to sing flawlessly, the more you’ll want to learn the secret to good breath control. In this article, you’re going to be amazed to find just how effective a simple breathing exercise is for preparing the voice for training.
The most common complaint with novices is “I just don’t seem to have enough breath!” Well, it only takes regular breathing exercises to correct that. I wonder if you’ve noticed how anxious the prospect of running out of breath when you sing makes you. Which brings me to point number one: when you do your deep diaphragmatic breathing exercise before you train, it not only relaxes you so that the anxiety and tension go away, it also prepares you to breathe correctly for the exercises you’re about to do. And the second reason why it is so important for singers to build this into their training regime is because it opens up your breathing system so that it functions the way it should–when you sing.
I always tell my students–and this is the third reason diaphragmatic breathing is of critical importance to preparing the voice for training–it quintessentially enables your breath control. When breathing comes naturally, it becomes the last thing you ever need to think about when you sing. I would liken it to removing the roadblocks so that you travel free of worry on the highway. The less you have to think about breathing the easier it is to sing with good breath control–because your mechanism to breathe-to-sing is functioning optimally. My favorite breathing exercise, therefore, is breathing in to the count of eight, holding your breath for the count of eight, and then exhaling with a hiss for sixteen. And you could either sip it in, or gradually drop the jaw to let it in nice and easy into your abdominal area. You’ll find sipping in is especially effective for quickly building your capacity. A little challenging for some, but the more you do it, the easier it gets.