When we talk about breathing techniques, the most important starting point is the realisation that it’s more about undoing than doing. Your body is designed to breathe functionally and your job is to facilitate that.
Every body is different, and the state of your body changes every day, even throughout the day. When you learn how to breathe functionally, you actually learn to tune in into the current state of your mind and body, and undo the tensions and / or inhibitions that prevent you from breathing with ease.
You sing on the exhalation. While doing so, you can change the outflow of air. But how much pressure do you need for this particular sound? And how fast should the air flow? Adapting the way you exhale, related to the sound you want to produce, is often called support. However, I prefer to call it Breath Management, as it describes perfectly what you’re doing, without adding the suggestion that you should work hard. Because – and this might surprise you – quite often, it turns out that you have to work differently, but less in order to reach your vocal goal.
This is what we’ll work with in this 1h 15 min webinar:
- “Normal” respiration: Sense and nonsense on how you, a human being, take in oxygen.
- Should you breathe with your belly / diaphragm / chest / shoulders / left ear? 🤯
- How you can help your body to do what it’s designed to do.
- How the way you exhale relates to your desired sound and how to optimise it.
The live webinar took 1,5 hours. This recording is edited and takes 1 hour 15 minutes. However, it’s important that you reserve at least 1,5 hours to watch the webinar, so you have the time to execute the exercises.