Hello, my friends! Today’s singing tips video is so simple but so powerful, I’m gonna talk about my favorite topic which is breath. Breathing for singing. And I’m gonna give you a really weird and powerful image that is going to fix, I would say 95% of any singing problem that you’ve ever had. So, stick around. In case you don’t know me, my name is Felicia. You can call me, Fel. I’m a professional voice finder. I help you find your voice. Your voice is already inside you, and I just give you some weird cues, some weird triggers that are gonna help you get out of your own way and really allow our voice to be free and rid of tension. I want to start first with a cue that’s going to help you get out of your own way, just get out of your head. How many times are you working on a song that you are going to perform, and you feel like it’s a huge effort from up here You’re straining your throat, or you’re scrunching, or you’re reaching, or worst, you’re mentally panicking. That’s the common experience that so many of us have, is that we get on our own way and the source of that, is that it’s mental. So, here’s an image that I want you to roll out. anytime you feel like you’re freaking out, you feel like your throat is starting to get involved in “micro-managing” those notes that’s what I call it when you’re sort of trying to help those notes come out as you’re micro-managing it, or you just can’t find your placement. You feel like no matter how many times you have practiced it, when you go to actually execute it— you can’t do it. Here’s what to imagine what I want you to use. I want you to imagine that your mouth is on your belly. That’s right, I want you to literally, and I’m not just saying like, “Haha. This is so funny; picture your mouth on your belly.” No, literally put your mental eyesight in your belly and imagine that you’re singing from down here. (demonstrates) “AHHHHHHHHH-AAHH”. So many of us, think that we’re breathing right and I’m going to get into what breathing when singing actually feels like in a second. But we sort of forget that the actual exhale is creating a sound. And that’s what can lead to so many problems, now you think I’m just exaggerating saying it’lll fix 95% of your problems, it REALLY will. The more you can let go and just trust that the breath is going to create the sound, that sound is the consequence of breath, the easier everything becomes. Let me repeat that, the easier everything becomes! (sings) Now here are some other things that are gonna help you understand what breathing for singing really feels like. The first is that when I cue breathing, when I cue the exhale, I like to encourage singers to exhale down. So as you’re singing, you’re imagining this elevator moving from under your rib cage down to your butt. And in terms of what you’re actually feeling. It’s not a tense-squeeze but it is a feeling of, okay, alright I am exhaling. If you would laugh really hard, (laughs) that’s the feeling of underneath your rib cage, of your diaphragm actually aiding in breath expression. So that feeling of (laughs) gives you that sort of clue about how much pressure you should really feel. You can feel it. So even though it’s a relaxed sensation, it’s definitely a sensation. So as you’re singing, I like to picture, so you can picture the mouth on your belly but you can also picture this movement down and it almost feels like an elevator or a tank of water just kinda emptying through your butt. If you ever laugh really hard, (laughs) then you know that feeling of, (hey, ho-ho) there’s breath and it’s kinda being pushed down out your butt. That’s the best way I can describe the feeling of exhaling in a nice, strong, supported way without being tensed. The final image that’s really gonna help you make sure that your breathing is creating a sound is to think of your voice as floating on top of air. If you ever feel like you’re being very casual when you sing is the best way I can sort of describe it, it’s like a casual feeling of like, Okay I breathe but now I’m just kind of singing and oh I’m gonna go for a note and whatever. That means that you are not fully activating your breath. Breath when you are really utilizing it correctly feels like a lot of energy. Okay? Breath and energy I kinda use them interchangeably but what that means is, you take your inhale, you deliberately press down on that elevator and that gas pedal, and then your voice almost feels like it’s riding on air, and as you sing a line it’s all on the breath. There’s no feeling that it drops out. There’s no feeling it’s just kinda like whatever. It really feels like, I got to keep going and I’m riding it high. So what does this all mean? Well, these cues combined and primarily that feeling that your mouth is actually in your belly or your singing is actually being created in your belly is gonna be so useful for you if you encounter road blocks. Now singing is what I call a pendulum swing. We spend a lot of time thinking about one thing and then swinging back to another thing. So if you were working on say, belting you might spend a ton of time thinking about your placement. Okay, how am I gonna shape my face, how am I gonna make sure that it resonates right? But then when it comes time to actually deliver, your mental-pendulum swing has to go back to your breath. Because when it’s time to actually let go and sing if you’re still gripping if you’re trying to help up here, it’s just not going to happen. So, use any of the cues that I listed for you which ever what helps you, use that to remind you, the breath is creating your sound. Whether that’s a tiny little mouth on your bellybutton, whether that’s the feeling that it’s an elevator moving down to your butt, or that you’re filling up with water or whether it’s a feeling that you’re actually floating on air. Like you’re soaring through the clouds. These powerful mental images are gonna take you that final step, because any time you’re being cautious or you’re thinking I can’t do it, or I have to have this sound come out, is just not gonna work. So trust me the more you can trust yourself and your breath, the easier singing is going to be.