Proper Breathing for Singing: How Much Air Do I Need to Sing?

Proper Breathing for Singing: How Much Air Do I Need to Sing?

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Hello happy singers! I am Katarina, the founder of How 2 Improve
Singing. You are a smart singer and you know that proper
breathing technique is essential for efficient singing. But how much air do you need to sing? How do you know that you are inhaling enough
air to take you through a whole phrase? The answer is easy and I will share it with
you in this video. So stay tuned. In this video, I am going to answer a common
question asked by many singers: how much air do I need to sing? A singer needs to take in as much air as it
is required for a given sung phrase. This means that you need more air for long
phrases and less air for short phrases. Also, you need more air for loud or breathy
singing, and you need less air for high notes or soft singing. Proper breathing for singing requires an inhalation
of the right amount of air for a given phrase. Not too much and not too little. And you may be surprised to know that it’s less than you think. Some singers, especially beginners, tend to
take huge breaths. The problem with a big breath is that it creates
tension in your vocal mechanism, in your body. Let’s try it together. Take a big breath. What do you feel? Do you feel like you want to burst? Do you feel the tension as you are trying
to contain or control this huge amount of air? I feel the tension right in my lower torso
as well as in my throat. My throat shuts down as a result of the high
air pressure under the vocal cords. And a closed throat is the last thing you
want to do when singing. Strain in your throat affects the quality
of your voice, which may become either strained or breathy. Secondly, it is very difficult to control
big volumes of air. It is much easier to manage small breaths. So use small breaths and use proper breathing
technique for singing to control the airflow going through the vocal cords. If you are unable to sing the whole phrase
in one breath, you have two choices. You can either take more breaths, if that
makes sense, or you can gradually improve your breath management skills. Incorporate some breathing exercises into
your regular vocal routine. Instead of asking how much air do I need,
start asking yourself: how can I use my breath more efficiently? And when someone tells you to take a deep
breath, avoid doing this. Deep breathing does not mean a big breath
that creates tension and straining. Watch my other videos to learn more about proper breathing for singers to avoid just that. In this video, you learned about one small
aspect of good breathing technique. But there is more to breathing for singing
than the amount of air you inhale. 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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the next video. Happy singing!

8 thoughts on “Proper Breathing for Singing: How Much Air Do I Need to Sing?”

  1. Thank you for watching! Do you run out of breath when singing and what do you do about it? Let me know in the comments below.

  2. Great tip thanks! So you need less air for your higher notes? I think I was taking in an extra bit of air before the high c note at the end of the line and after a second, the note cuts out. But if I just sing the high c note only, I don't have an issue. Or it's a stamina thing that will get better with time? Anyway, thanks for the video!

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