Breath Control Exercises for Singing: 5 Tips to Make Them Work (And Succeed)

Breath Control Exercises for Singing: 5 Tips to Make Them Work (And Succeed)

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Have you ever tried breathing exercises for
singing only to find out that they really did not work and did absolutely nothing for
your voice or singing? Yes, it’s frustrating! But in this video, we are going to change
that. I am going to share 5 actionable tips to make
your breath control exercises for singing work for you so that you can progress every
time you practice. Stay tuned. Hi and nice to see you. If we haven’t met yet, I am Katarina from
How 2 Improve Singing. If this is your first time here, don’t forget
to subscribe to my channel so that you don’t miss out on any pro tips about singing. Let’s dive into today’s topic. And if you stick to the very end, I will share
a link so that you can download three effective breathing exercises to make your voice more
powerful. So, let’s start. The following 5 tips will turn your singing
practice time into successful time. If you follow these 5 tips (or at least some
of them), you will make progress and improve your singing every time you practice. And it does not matter if you practice one
of my exercises, an exercise given to you by your vocal teacher or an exercise you’ve
found on the internet. It can be a breathing exercise or it can be
a vocal exercise. These tips will improve your chances to be
successful. Tip #1 Set a Goal
Studies have shown that writing down your goals has a significant effect on your success
rate. Make goals and progress visible in whatever
way suits you best, whether it’s a smartphone app, a wall planner, a whiteboard or a diary. Be sure to write them down and keep your goals
where you can see them. When goals are clear, focused and sequenced,
they are more achievable. Many people fail to reach their goal because
they lose motivation. It feels too hard or just too big, and they
have no idea how to approach it. You can avoid this by breaking down a big
goal into smaller, more achievable steps. The additional bonus of setting smaller goals
is that you start to build a cycle of success that will reinforce positive feedback loop
and your confidence. And that is what a singer needs! Tip #2 Pursue Deep Understanding
Singers, who understand how their voice and body work, will have a huge advantage over
those who play a guessing game. This knowledge makes you an independent singer. The ones who do not seek this knowledge will
always be dependent on advice from someone else. A vocal teacher or friend who know more than you. If you know what your voice and body are doing
during singing and breathing, you can figure out what exercise will benefit you and how to achieve your goal. This deep understanding will help you recognize
why you are not making progress and what needs to be adjusted to reach your goal. This may sound like a daunting task but believe
me, learning about your voice and body is actually an easy process. Another advantage of good knowledge of your
body and voice is that you will be able to recognize if an exercise is based on myths
or facts. There are so many myths about breathing and
singing out there. Examples of myth-based exercises are the ones
that “strengthen the diaphragm” or exercises that “use the diaphragm to support the sound”. These kinds of exercises will simply not work
because they practice something that does not exist. Tip #3 Know the Why And How of Each Exercise
Here are some questions you want to ask about each exercise you do:
Why am I doing this exercise? What is the purpose of this exercise? Is it helping me to achieve my goal? If you don’t know answers to these questions,
don’t waste your time doing that exercise. Always make sure that you know how
to do an exercise correctly. Without this knowledge, you may well be developing
wrong habits. Ask yourself: What should it feel like when
practicing this exercise? What movements should be present and what
movements are unnecessary? How to perform this exercise most efficiently? If you feel tension anywhere in your body,
something is not right. Tip #4 Ask Questions. If you are not sure, ask questions. It is better to know sooner, rather than later,
to avoid practicing incorrect movements, then having to re-learn the correct ones. Ask people who you trust, don’t look for
answers from strangers on the internet. There are a lot of nice people who willingly
offer their advice on the public forums or websites for singers. But if you don’t know their credentials,
you may well be asking complete strangers on the street. Maybe you can ask your choir director, a vocal
teacher, a more experienced singer or a trained voice professional. And you can always ask me, for example in
the comments below. When you are introduced to a new exercise,
it may not make sense to you right away. Give yourself time to explore the sensations
associated with the movements. Take time to explore the movements of your
body. Sometimes, you will need to be creative and
look at a new skill from a different angle. Different approaches work for different people. Sometimes, we hear and understand instructions
but the information may not “click” right away. Looking at an exercise from a different perspective
or even using different words or explanations can trigger the “aha moment”. Tip #5 Be Persistent and Practice Regularly
Have you ever experienced this? You find a new exercise and you get excited
about its promise. You practice regularly for a week and then
your enthusiasm diminishes. The new exercise is not new any more. Now, you move onto a new one that excites
you again. Or you find millions of excuses why you don’t
practice. Not having enough time is probably the most
common excuse. Who has time, right? I am sure, I don’t have to tell you that
singing requires regular practice. However, I also know that life happens and
singing goes out the window any time something “more important” comes up. So, my advice to you is to schedule your practice. Write down the exact days and times in your
calendar and follow through. Give yourself 15 minutes a day or 30 minutes
every other day. You cannot afford not to. Bonus Tip: Learning to Sing Is a Process. Good singing does not happen overnight (even
if you have an amazing talent). It takes time to improve and develop solid
foundations that will give your voice power and freedom. Many singers ask me if they will have to think
about breathing all the time when singing. My answer is of course not. When learning a new skill, you go through
several phases. The last phase happens when a movement becomes
automatic and you do NOT need to focus on it. That’s the singer’s ultimate goal. Just imagine: Singing without thinking about
how to sing. It’s very possible. So, these are my 5 tips that you can apply
right now and make your next singing and breathing practice successful. In the comments below, let me know which of
these 5 tips you are going to implement right now. And as I promised, here are some effective
breath control exercises. Click the link here or below the video to
download them. Speaking about effective breathing exercises,
here is another of my videos, in which I introduced two of my favourite breathing exercises. That’s all for this video and i hope to see
you in the next one. Happy breathing!

20 thoughts on “Breath Control Exercises for Singing: 5 Tips to Make Them Work (And Succeed)”

  1. I think some of it could have to do with the person not doing the exercises the right way. Kind of like stretching at the gym. Even if they watch these awesome Breath Control Exercises for Singing and use these 5 Tips to Make Them Work they still must have some focus. You have to focus on your breathing. I learned this in Yoga and how you have to learn to listen to your reps etc… pretty interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing Katarina.

  2. I just subbed, #BOSS! Number 999, you are spot on with needing to practice and schedule time to practice is key for any hobby or any talent. What is your favorite song to sing?

  3. I love the tip on knowing the WHY and HOW of each exercise! πŸ™‚ Knowing your purpose can help you mentally and physically when developing your habits!

  4. breathing is very important, especially with singing. Without improving your diaphragm, you cant improve your singing. Great tips.

  5. Wow Katarina, let me be the first to congratulate u on 1000 subscribers. Judging by your views, you are clearly making a difference. Way to be persistent!!

  6. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely keep these tips in mind. Setting achievable goals is so important for improvement. Cheers!

  7. Pro tips.. yup.. That's what they all are!!! It takes me a little while to get it right.. yes.. the sensations … our bodies take a little time to get it sometimes … but they will get it! These are great tips! Thanks Katarina! ~Elizabeth … PS… but I have to admit… to do regular practice.. I have to do ti in the morning.. then I'm okay…but if I don't.. good luck to me!!! LOL

  8. I tell you one thing, we are in Colorado this week and staying at an elevation is around 10,000 feet and I feel like I need some great breathing tips to get up the hills. πŸ˜€ Great video tips.

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