Breathing Exercises for Singers
Singers should spend 5 minutes on breathing exercises before singing begins. Exercises should be done daily to attain elasticity, to strengthen muscles and establish a feeling of coordination.
1- Inhale and Exhale with the “permission of the diaphragm”. Easy but full breath in and out. Do this 5 times.
2- Inhale in 3 even sections and exhale in 3 even sections using the action of the diaphragm.
3- Repeat #2 in 5 sections. Don’t overfill, just pace the breath differently, taking smaller breaths in and exhaling smaller breaths out.
4- Inhale and “hiss” out in one steady stream of air. Without pressure, keep the hiss steady with the action of the diaphragm.
5- Inhale and then exhale short “belt hisses”. This will increase awareness of abdominal support of the muscles used in breathing.
6- Short, easy pants (like a dog). Work up to 30 seconds of fast panting without stopping.
7- Take a low slow breath and exhale on a lip trill. Repeat and this time on exhale, lip trill on a tone. Repeat again and siren from bottom to top of range and back down on voiced lip trill.
8- Slow inhalation through the mouth and exhale counting numbers. Do this one once a week, seeing if you can increase your breath management from week to week.