How To Tell If Your Diaphragm Is Working Properly For Singing
‘How do I know if I’m breathing properly for singing?’
‘How do I know if my diaphragm is even working?’
I get these two questions all the time, and they’re jolly good questions too!
Breathing properly for singing is CRUCIAL to achieving a good tone. It really is the foundation of all singing.
So, in today’s video I’ll explain 4 indicators that tell you if your diaphragm is working properly so you can get your breathing for singing on track.
There are four indicators that your diaphragm is working and you’re breathing correctly for singing. They are:
1. You will feel breathless when you first start trying to breathe for singing.
This is a reaction to using your breathing muscle for the first time (your diaphragm). Give it time to strengthen! Still not sure? Here’s another video on breathing for singing.
2. Your lower ribcage will expand.
When you shallow breathe, your shoulders and chest tend to rise, but when you use your diaphragm your lower ribcage will expand instead.
3. You may start to yawn.
This is the body’s natural reaction to controlled breathing. You’re not tired, its normal! 🙂
4. You will be able to hold your notes for longer.
The main benefit of having a strong diaphragm is that you’ll be able to draw in more air and sing longer passages of music. You’ll also reap other benefits like better pitch, vibrato control etc….
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Hi Nicola, thank you so much for you videos… I love following them. I just discovered you on youtube today and will be following you from now on! 🙂 Ciao from Rome, Italy 🙂
Thanks Tina! x
This is jolly good Nicola. Please help me more. Is there a way I can buy your singing training CDs. Your facilitation to buying the CDs will be highly appreciated.
I noticed you breath in from the nose and out from the mouth in the video. is this the righ way to nreath for singing or is breathing in from the mouth gaster in case we need breath fast? Tks
Hi Kim, when I’m doing my breathing exercises I like to breathe in through my nose but when I’m singing I always breathe in through my mouth because its quicker.
great tips thank you
Hi! Why do I tend to get a sore throat or lose my voice when I sing?
Too much vocal tension from bad technique. Have a look through my videos because I explain how to remove this
Hi nicole I’m in a choir at church but I’ve noticed that my voice is very low no matter how hard I try and sing from the top of my voice the is no change I’ve tried increasing the mic but wen ever back up come up I can’t even hear myself leading so it is hard for them to know song to sing. I’ve noticed that even wen I’m just speaking just a massage or prayer my voice is low.. Is the any hope for me bye the way I love music with passion
Wow thanks , can you give more signs that someone sings from diaphragm