#1
Anyone know of any techniques I can practice that will help me not run out of air at the end of a phrase?
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#2
This is something that I had problems with too. Learn correct breathing from the diaphragm. One exercise i would do is suck in air for 3 seconds like you are sucking through a straw. Then slowly exhale making a sssss sound (like a snake or shushing). Try to keep the ssss sound going steadily. Exhale with sssss for 5 seconds. Then repeat and exhale for 10 seconds/15/20/etc. Don't push, just slow and steady. I've been working and can get it to like 50 seconds now (started at like 20 at most). Hope it makes sense or google some variation of this exercise if i did a bad job explaining it haha
#3
Hmm... good question, appropriate answer. But I have a question: How can this exercise help you go from 20 to 50 seconds? Is the increased duration due to expanding the lungs and therefore getting more air in them initially? Or is the increased time being able to control the air flow with improved control?
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#5
Thanks! I'm on it now.

(I'm at about 32 seconds currently)
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Last edited by QuantumMechanix at Jul 7, 2011,
#6
Let me guess... you're pushing with the diaphragm, right?

Hint: that's not how you do it.

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I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

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#7
See, the more you push with the diaphragm, the more:
-likely you are to strain the throat and vocal mechanism
-likely you are to sound like you're yelling, not singing
-likely you are to lack resonance
-likely you are to run out of air.

See #3 - Push with the diaphragm:

http://thebelcantotechnique.now-here-this.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=34

See #4 - the hold of the breath:

http://thebelcantotechnique.now-here-this.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=35

The whole page here:

http://www.brianvollmer.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47:inhalation&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50


CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
#8
Quote by axemanchris
See, the more you push with the diaphragm, the more:
-likely you are to strain the throat and vocal mechanism
-likely you are to sound like you're yelling, not singing
-likely you are to lack resonance
-likely you are to run out of air.

See #3 - Push with the diaphragm:

http://thebelcantotechnique.now-her...id=32&Itemid=34

See #4 - the hold of the breath:

http://thebelcantotechnique.now-her...id=33&Itemid=35

The whole page here:

http://www.brianvollmer.com/index.p...-news&Itemid=50


CT

See, this is what I never understand. As much as people try to explain to me what it means to push with the diaphragm, I don't know if I am or not. I know what the diaphragm is, but I just don't know how it feels to use it.

Generally I sing in a more whispery, "head?" voice. (not falsetto) But sometimes I start a not in the whispery voice and fade in to a stronger "chest?" voice. Is that what it means to sing with your diaphragm? I think that makes me run out of air faster but I really love the way it sounds. Soryy, I'm not familiar with singing terminology. (Btw none of your links worked for me)
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#9
Sorry... I've fixed the links. Now try. Brian explains it the best.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
#10
After asking my vocal teacher about this, he said you aren't supposed to "push with the diaphragm," you are supposed to use the diaphragm only for support if that makes any sense.
Searching for the perfect gear is endless. Buying a better amp you may notice how shitty your guitar is and vice versa. I've spent thousands of dollars in pursuit of the perfect sound, which I'll never completely capture. -B. Corgan
#11
Yes, that makes sense. It's explained in the links I posted.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.