If you can learn how to breathe correctly, then you will be able to substantially improve your singing technique. A large part of being able to sing well comes from mastering proper breathing techniques, which allow you to project and control your voice better as well as protecting your vocal chords during long performances.
There are several excellent learning resources available online for free, such as this tutorial videosfeaturing the best breathing techniques, which allow you to practice while you watch. Here is a small selection of the most effective breathing techniques for singing.
Slowly But Surely
When you breathe in, you should stand with your feet shoulder width apart and inhale a slow and steady breath. Observe where the air you inhale is going- you should aim to expand your torso, chest and belly as you breathe in and whilst you exhale focus on pushing the air out from your belly, or diaphragm.
This is the correct breathing technique for singing, so make sure to practice this daily until it becomes natural.
The Imaginary Band
Whilst you are singing, you should imagine a rubber band is wrapped around your diaphragm. This will allow you to control your airflow better when you exhale, as well as enhancing your ability to project your voice correctly.
If you are struggling to use your imagination, then read this article to better understand how to do practice this technique.
Build Stamina And Strength
Correct breathing with regards to singing requires you to breathe as deeply as possible. Doing exercises to increase the amount of control you have over your diaphragm is incredibly important in order to be able to sing to the best of your ability.
To increase your stamina, try breathing in for four seconds, holding for four seconds, then exhaling for four seconds. Once you have done this, increase to six, then eight and so on all the way to twenty second intervals if you can.
Mastering the correct breathing techniques for singing includes being aware of not only your breath, but also the position of your body, especially your belly. This somewhat complicated exercise can be made much easier by lying on the floor, flat on your back and placing a book on your stomach.
As you inhale and exhale, watch how the book rises and falls with your breath. The book should rise up when you inhale and drop down towards the floor when you exhale.
Suck through a straw
Pretending to suck through a straw whilst you inhale will allow you to experience what it is like to breathe through your diaphragm naturally. To do this exercise, simply purse your lips and breathe in slowly and deeply through your mouth.
Don’t worry if you make some noise, as this exercise is not supposed to be done in silence. Exhaling with pursed lips allows you to breathe out a slower pace, which means that you won’t run out of breath mid way through holding a note in a song.