Breathing Exercises for Singing: How to Sing from Your Diaphragm Properly | Singing Lessons
Hi, there! This is Marnell Sample bringing you another vocal tip. In today’s vocal tip, we’ll be covering how do you actually
breathe for singing. This is a topic that you probably have heard
a lot about if you’re a singer… …you probably have heard about breathing from your diaphragm
or singing from your diaphragm, but we’ll cover in this video what exactly that means —
how you’re supposed to do it. So, this is where we will begin.
Take your hands, like this… …and place them on your sides where your love handles would be. So, that would be midway between the top your pelvis and where your lowest ribs are.
Somewhere around in here… Make sure your fingers here are
on the front side of your body, and that your thumb is around here on the backside right below your ribs.
Now, what I want you to do is squeeze. So you’re going to squeeze like you’re clamping like this…
Squeeze the area where your love handles are. And then, breathe in but try to make your fingers expand as you breathe in. So, you’re going to be squeezing…inhale… …and exhale… Then try it again. Still squeeze and try to make your fingers expand. Inhale… …and exhale… Now what I want you to really do
to emphasize it and make it even better, even more efficient …where your thumb is at on the back here… …try to really feel an expansion in this area here. Really try to make that part expand.
Don’t worry about the front here so much. The front WILL expand,
but, you want to really get this area here to expand when you breathe in.
Try that a few times. Squeeze again…inhale… …try to make your thumbs expand backwards away from you… …then exhale… Try it again. Inhale… …exhale… Once you’ve done that, you’re successfully taking a diaphragmatic breath. You shouldn’t see anything rising up
here. If you’re trying to breathe in…like this…then you
won’t get anything down here pushing your
fingers apart. It takes care of all of that for you.
So, how do you go about actually using this in singing? This is where we’re going to have to
combine it with something I call “the cry.” It’s a little sound. It’s like this… [demonstrates] It’s almost kind of like a sigh a little bit… [demonstrates] Another way you can think of this sound is almost like you’ve seen a little adorable baby, and you go, “Awww. That’s such a cute little baby right there. Awww.” That “awww” sound — that’s this or this sigh that I’m talking about. So, what we want to make sure we do is squeeze here, at your love handles again… …breathe in, and then try to make that crying sound. But as soon as you get ready to start
the sound, actually try to make your fingers expand more. If your fingers are able to clamp down all the way, and you don’t feel
any outward resistance against them, then you’re doing it wrong.
So, it’s like this…inhale… [demonstrates cry] You can either do it on AW or OH,
whichever feels easiest for you. But you should feel this area right here
where your love handles are… …it should try to expand a little bit
more the same way it does when you’re breathing in. So, you breathe in, then get ready to start
the sound, and it tries to expand even more. [demonstrates OH with cry] And then just try a little small slide
like I’m doing now… [demonstrates] If you do it wrong, it’ll sound like this… [demonstrates]
This isn’t expanding at all. This is letting everything collapse. [demonstrates] Now, if you lose this little cry or sigh in the sound, you WILL get an expansion down here, but
you get rigid up here in your throat. So you’ll end up doing this… [demonstrates] It’s not that sound.
The throat must remain supple with this… [demonstrates] …with that kind of a touch, with that kind of inflection in your voice.
So, try it a few times on OH or AW, just sliding around making sure you
keep this expansion here, this outwards resistance. So… [demonstrates] And now, I’ll show you..how this works actually in a song. So, what I’ll do is sing a little bit of “Home” from Michael Bublé. It will start like this… [sings “Home”]
♪ Another summer day ♪ I’ll stop on that line because on every single ascending pattern, we have to give a little bit more of an outwards resistance here where my hands are pinching… …so they try to resist out a little bit more. [sings]
♪ Another summer day ♪ On the EE, I had to push out a little bit
more here. ♪ Has come and gone away ♪
The same thing there. ♪ In Paris and Rome, but I wanna go home ♪ ♪ May be surrounded by ♪ Same thing there…♪ by ♪…push out more
…♪ by ♪…on the second note. ♪ A million people I ♪ ♪ Still feel all alone, but I wanna go home ♪ ♪ I miss you, you know ♪ And throughout the whole phrase, I’m keeping
some degree of expansion here. ♪ And I’ve been keeping all the letters that I wrote to you ♪ And the same thing for this line…
♪ And I’ve been keeping ♪ Every single note I go up, I push out here a little bit more… ♪ And I’ve been keeping ♪ …but still keeping this little cry in my voice. [demonstrates slowly]
♪ And I’ve been keeping ♪ [speaks with the cry]
I have this little inflection in my voice the whole time. If I were to talk with the cry, I’d sound the way I do right now. It’s a different kind of inflection in the voice. [speaks normally]
It’s not the way I would normally talk, like this. [speaks with cry]
But it’s this sound… ♪ And I’ve been keeping all the letters that I wrote to you ♪ ♪ Each one a line or two ♪ ♪ I’m fine, baby, how are you ♪ ♪ And I would send them, but I know that it’s just not enough ♪ The same thing here, I’m still pushing out…
♪ My words were cold and flat ♪ ♪ But you deserve more than that ♪ And that’s how you apply this to singing. That’s how you breathe properly for
singing, and that’s how you sing from the diaphragm. The only other thing I would
mention with this is when you’re going for the cry, the sound should still be clear.
So if it starts to get muffled like this… ♪ And I’ve been keeping ♪
…then you’re doing it wrong. Your throat should be relaxed, the sound clear, and you keep this outwards resistance here at your love handles. So, thanks for watching this video! If you found it helpful, then be sure to subscribe for future updates, and also like the video.