Correct Singing Posture: Breathing Exercise for Singers

Correct Singing Posture: Breathing Exercise for Singers


Hello happy singers! I am Katarina, the founder of How 2 Improve
Singing. One of the reasons why you run out of breath
or sing with tension may be your inefficient chest position during singing. In today’s video, I am going to show you
a simple breathing exercise for singers that will help you maintain correct singing posture
so that you can effectively manage your breath and sing with freedom. Stay tuned. In this video, I will be sharing a simple exercise to maintain optimal chest posture for powerful singing. Finding a medium-high chest posture is not
that difficult. But maintaining it can be challenging, especially
for those of us who habitually hunch over. Let me recap what we know about correct singing
posture, more specifically medium-high chest posture. A medium-high chest posture is important for
efficient breathing because it allows your ribcage to open, your lower ribs to move freely
and your diaphragm to descend fully. This is essential for sufficient and efficient
breath for a given sung phrase. (If you did not know this, watch my other
video, in which I talk more about chest position. This medium-high chest position should not
change substantially throughout the exhalation phase, when you sing or breathe out. Your goal is to prevent collapsing of the
chest when singing. If you notice that your breastbone is moving
in and down (even a tiny bit) during singing, you are not keeping correct posture for singing. If you collapse your chest every time you
breathe in and out, you will have to work hard to breathe in again and again. By the end of the song or exercise, you may
feel exhausted. This fatigue may then lead to insufficient
breaths, running out of air or even tension or strain. Keeping your chest open is easier said than
done, especially for those of us who sit at the computer a lot, who slouch on comfy couches
or habitually slump over. Here is a simple breathing exercise to strengthen
the muscles that keep your chest up and open. Step #1 Get a mirror. Use a mirror to check for the movements of
your breastbone. The mirror will give you immediate feedback
on how you are doing. Watch for the slightest down or inward movement
of the breastbone. You do not want to see this. Step #2 Find a medium-high chest posture. Use the Hands-up technique to find the medium-high
chest posture. Check out my other video, in which I demonstrated
this technique. Step #3 Inhale silently. As you inhale, your torso is expanding in
all directions: forward, sideways and even backward. Step #4 Exhale while keeping your chest open. As you are slowly exhaling focus on your breastbone. Imagine having a string attached to your breastbone
pulling up. Watch yourself in the mirror and don’t let
your chest collapse. Exhale for as long as you can while keeping
your chest up. Do a few repetitions every day and you are
good to go. This exercise will help you strengthen the
muscles that keep your chest up and open. It may take some time and slight discomfort
while developing their strength. In today’s video, I shared a simple breathing exercise for singers to strengthen the muscles to maintain a medium-high chest posture. But this is just one aspect of good breathing
technique. To help you understand if you are breathing
correctly for singing, I prepared a complete breathing checklist for you. Click the link in the description below the
video to download your free breathing checklist. If you like this video, hit the like button
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my weekly videos. Thank you for watching and I will see you in the next video. Happy singing!