Breath Control - The DiaphramEdit

It's how we breathe to control how loud our words are and how long we can hold the notes. When it comes to breath control, the diaphram under the lungs is the most important part of learning how to control your breathing during both singing and playing an instrument.

  • Our diaphragms expand in the front, back and sides so our lungs can properly hold incoming air.
  • Our pelvic muscles naturally lift up to support the expanding diaphragm.
  • Our backs extend downwards.
  • And our hips gently roll forward and pull our gluteus maximus (butt) muscles together.

Diaphragmatic breathing when done properly can extend your sound with your voice or instrument and also help give a rich sound that is pleasent to hear. The common mistake is everyone sings from their chests, but it has to come from the diaphram. Some call it abdominal breathing.

How to Strengthen the DiaphragmEdit

There are a few things you can do to help the diaphragm get stronger so you can hold notes longer or belt them out if you need a fortissimo sound.

There are floor exercises you can do where you lay on your back, breathe in slowly through the nose and when you breathe out, use your hand on your chest for resistance to strengthen the diaphram.

Another great thing I found really helps is swimming and diving. By swimming underwater a little, the water pressure forces you to control your breath better. A great exercise is be in the shallow end of a swimming pool and swim under water with someone for support. When I was in high school, I would go off the diving board and swim 25m underwater, after a few years of swimming lessons.