Singing Lesson: What is “Inhalare (Inalare) La Voce”, (Inhaling The Voice) to Sing – LESSON 1

Singing Lesson: What is “Inhalare (Inalare) La Voce”, (Inhaling The Voice) to Sing – LESSON 1

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Ahhhhhhhh! 0 up Hi. I’m Craig Shimizu from Shimizu Voice. And welcome to my studio, my video studio, well, my converted studi. into a video studio. This is my first youtube
video and I’ve chosen very hot topic on my blog anyway, I get the most hits on this blog that I’d
written about, “Inhalare La Voce”, inhaling
the voice. What was that long note for? Well. That’s one of the reasons that you can do
long notes is that if you apply technique, the
technique or parts of the technique of “Inhalare La Voce”, inhaling the voice. What that is, is when I’m teaching I try to diagnose a problem first and
then solve the problem. So the problem that in
“Inhalare La Voce” fixes is the excessive breath pressure that your body does naturally. So when the majority of us try to talk, not
try to talk, but talk, then that’s what happens. We kind of
use excessive breath pressure. And then so, most times, for singers
that’s the same problem that they have. And so you’re thinking, well, then why don’t we hold back? Well, you can’t do that.
Because if you hold back, then you’re not going to have much of a tone. Same is like if I held back the breath pressure when I’m talking to you. Now you can’t
hear me. I don’t know if you can hear me. That’s what would happen. So you need to use enough breath pressure to
stimulate the vocal cords to get them to
vibrate well enough to produce a sound that’s audible. At the very least
audible but for singers, we want it not just to be
audible but a sound that is beautiful and
hopefully comfortable to do. So how… what’s going on here? There’s actually a tube, that’s your windpipe, that the air is
moving through. And so in reality, and scientifically you
cannot have air moving in two directions at the same
time through the tube. Unless, as one of my engineer student said, it’s possible but
it’ll be called turbulence. So turbulence is probably something that you don’t
want to have in any part of your body when you’re trying to sing beautifully. Or
trying to control the air that’s coming out. So, that’s not what “Inhalare La Voce” is. “Inhalare La Voce”, if it had to
be define scientifically is the application of inhalation
muscles while you are actually pushing air out, while you are phonating, while you’re making a sound. And that
requires the air to be pushed out up the body as I described
earlier. So then, let’s go for it. Let’s see if you can do it. This is how I
teach. So I’m gonna shoot for the moon and see if
you can inhale and sing “ah” at the same time. Yeah, inhale and sing “ah” at the same
time. Like this, “ahhhh”. Okay, ready? Just shoot for the moon. See if you can
do it. Go ahead. Very good. Very good. Very good. Now, probably one out of every, I don’t know, 15 to 20 of you could do it. And you made that same sound that I did. And your
brain actually felt like, you felt like you were inhaling. And
you were doing it. Some love you just copied the sound that
I make but the brain processed the same thing, too much air is coming
out. And some of you made this sound “huuuuuh”, which I guess technically you could call an “ah”
while you’re inhaling, a reverse “ah” or a backwards “ah”. Of course, that’s not what we want. So, “Inhalare La Voce”, a lot of
people can’t do that just right off the bat. And so “Inhalare La Voce” is taught
in separate sections. So, everybody sort of teaches it. If
you’re teaching or you’re learning efficient singing
then you’re learning some part of “Inhalare La Voce”. Because if you had to break it down to separate
parts it is the keeping the rib cage fairly expanded, the diaphragm, your kind of holding it
down, you’re opening your throat. These
are all important parts of “Inhalare La Voce” when it’s taught in separate parts. if, well, because more students can’t just do it I
have to show it to them in separate parts. So, the other thing that’s so good about “Inhalare La Voce” is it defines to me the three different styles Americans
singing. The three major things anyway. It’s classical singing, pop singing and stage singing, musical singing. I call the classical singing like the
“Olympics” up singing where are loud resonant
voice, demonstration, control, everything is at its optimum. Pop singing is the least. Please don’t get upset. It’s the least
physically demanding in terms of producing a very loud sound. And musical theatre, the
difference is that you have to enunciate. You can make… and you
still need some resonance because it’s on a big stage and you’ve got those tiny little button
microphones like what I’m using here. And if your voice is not resonant, it’s hard to mic you. You’re gonna give
the engineer nightmares as he tries to get your voice
to have a quality that it should. But that’s another
subject. That’s another subject. But how “Inhalare La Voce” applies to that? if I’m gonna do classical I would apply
the maximum amount of “Inhalare La Voce”. Oh, say, can you see by the dawn’s early light? And if I were going to do a pop rendition of that I would’ve back off a
lot on the “Inhalare La Voce”. Oh, say, can you see by the dawn’s early light? And if I was gonna do musical theatre I would do closer to classical singing but I’d enunciate more. Pet peeve of mine to go to plays, and, or musical theatre and I can’t
understand what they’re singing, singing about. Musical theatre… Oh, say, can you see by the dawn’s early light? So, that’s how “Inhalare La Voce” can be used
to explain the three major styles up of singing in American
singing. I like to keep my… this went a little bit longer than I thought
it was going to. I like to keep my videos short just like my my blogs are
short too. Just like I’m short but I welcome your comments positive and
negative. I will try to respond to them as best as
I can. Yeah, leave anything you want. You
liked it, you learned from it, great, let me know. If
you didn’t or if you can tell me how I can improve great, too, because I’m always learning.

49 thoughts on “Singing Lesson: What is “Inhalare (Inalare) La Voce”, (Inhaling The Voice) to Sing – LESSON 1”

  1. I can not tell you how much your video series has helped me. Most youtube videos on singing are vague and boring. Your methods are concise and scientific. Best videos I have found period! Thank you for sharing your knowledge sir.

  2. Ahoy! I recently discovered that I have been supporting my singing ineffectively for well…as long as I have been singing I suppose so I am wanting to get back to basics and sort this motha sucka out. I found that this "inhalation" idea helps with the onset of notes but if notes are quickly re articulated my throat starts getting constricted. Additionally, I am unsure how to change notes and registers with the concept without tightening my throat. I do what I normally do with exhaling and it feels forced on my vocal chords and my larynx gets all yoyo all up in this bizznitch…I imagine inhaling my voice and I feel like yogi bear slowly choking himself into an eternal slumber. I I enjoyed your larynx mixed voice get your life together video so I will practice that… but also using proper-non-stomach-forcing- diaphragmatic- support and imaging inhalation… it feels like an unstoppable object against an unmovable force via larynx. Needless to say, it is causing me to question all my life decisions and who I really am…as a person. Thanks for these little snippets of wisdom! I live in Taiwan and somethings with my teacher get lost in translation. Catch ya on the flip, gangsta.

  3. Hello Craig, thank you so much for these videos. I have tried using Inhalare La Voce and it has helped me comfortable reach and sustain single notes. I have realized that it is hard for me to sing a normal phrase just by using this technique and continuing to sing and I have breaks after every word. Is this supposed to happen? And you mentioned applying this technique to singing, but how exactly do you "apply" this to different degrees in singing? Thank you SO MUCH for these videos and I hope you can clarify my doubts!!

  4. Craig, thanks for the video. This looks to be an amazing technique. I know you said it's taught in parts…do you have any exercises that focus on this technique?


  5. Thank you Mr Shimizu !!! Arigatooo … Very important advices to sing effortlessly and safely , i am looking for exercises to master "inhalare la voce"

  6. Thank you, maybe in a future video you will explain how to exercise to feel inhalare la voce. Your explainations about it were already very usefull for my singing till yesterday

  7. You're right, it works really good … Thank you so much, your gift is a great great value, Great man, Craig !!!

  8. Hi Craig! I wanted to know why would one crack in mezza di voce? Specifically while lowering the volume. Also, are you giving skype lessons yet? Regards.

  9. Inhalare la voce isn't a literal feeling of inhaling right? Its only knowing to control the excess of air?

  10. I was not the one in 15 that got it, any other advice besides this and vocal onset and diaphragm vids?

  11. You're short? I'm 1.57 m, and I live in Sweden where the average man is ~1.80 m
    There's nothing wrong with being short! Besides most tall people have back problems ๐Ÿ˜›
    Great video, I've always wanted to take singing lessons, but have always been too poor.
    So, thank you!~

  12. Hi ,i know you have lots of video about inhaling the voice,could you plzzzz make a video specific about all stuff in ""inhalare la voce"". i appriciate ,good luck

  13. I can listen 3 sounds here at the same time…in the intro…one sounds like an ovni flying…other is a metalic sound…amd the main. let is see how. many others are

  14. No disrespect intended, but this seems an odd starting place. This is your lesson 1? Before diaphragm and such? I literally tried to inhale and sing and it felt like I was scraping my vocal chords and very painful. You must have meant it was a state of mind? Either way, which video is your starting point for a relative beginner?

  15. Greetings
    I feel that i understand how it supposed to be
    but while trying to do that technique i found something strange

    was that high notes a falsetto or mix
    i am basso

  16. Hey there Craig, you mention the ribs naturally staying expanded and the diaphragm out, as a result of inalare. I thought i had it down, but i realize that my upper stomach is somewhat tense while doing inalare. Does that negate it? If so, I'm wondering if i should work on loosening that upper stomach, or working more on the inalare. Many thanks, jeff

  17. In short, i just have to pretend that I'm inhaling while singling and just by pretending the muscles that are used for inhaling will somehow activate and i will conserve my breath? Is that right?
    When i sing i do not really feel any air coming out of my mouth so I'm doing everything ok, right?

  18. Wow! This technique really works. I have 2 years learning classic sing and nobody teacher told me about this technic "Inhalare La Voce". I think I do it, but I did not know that I can do it. In fact all is about muscles relaxation and let flowing the voice without tensionsless. Now, with your explanation, Im concious about this. Sorry if I cant explain me better. Im not speaking english well. Thank you teacher! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š Greetings from Mexico! ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

  19. Again, thank you so so much cause you're the one that makes the technique works for me, I mean in the way that you explain, clear and right to the point. I've been trying apply the technique to my singing few days ago, and my brain now is kind of reforms the idea of supporting in singing, I used to be a pusher, and that makes me airy, lose control, strain a lot and easy to crack. But now I with this technique, it works like wonder, like crazy how better I am now compared to me before, this and the twang video of you make my singing transform to another level I would say. So thank you thank you, you don't know how much I appreciate this! Keep in up your great great work! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  20. im currently on the hunt for the answer to the queston of:
    "how does luke kelly breathe during his singing of "the rocky road to dublin"? also does he breathe?"
    somebody suggested that luke, was singing while breathing in….

  21. I went to teachers of classical singing for about 10 years, and none could ever tell me this.
    But part of it is my fault, because I can go with modal/chest/speaking voice up to a5/b5.
    So, teachers did not realize I was singing from chest or modal, or just thought i did not like using head voice since I also liked rock music , even metal fry/false chord screaming.

    But the thing is, I could (before all this, do by my own discovery, since my puberty) sing with inalare la voce and actually DO head voice and not just chest/modal voice, to reach e6 and even f6 sometimes.
    But, i thought that was a fake , cheaty "illegal" technique because no one talked about this, so I refused to do it, and sang opera "mezzo/alto" over my 36 years of life, straining and screaming in a squeeky weird pop/rock modal voice and not being able to reach above A5, not using head voice EVER, and making my chords hurt.

    Yesterday I sang inalare la voce again, and again i thought i was cheating, not real, LEGAL singing, but I enjoyed reaching c6 in a soft easy piano voice, sustained for 5 seconds and i could do this like it is NOTHING.
    Also do forte c6, or sustain an A5 for 10 seconds, or an g5 for 20 seconds, or e5 for 30 secs.
    And… reach e6, almost whenever I want,with medium effort and almost NO-CHORDS PAIN AT ALL.

    But i cant do inalare la voce bellow c5. I can only exhale from this note down to the lowest singable/hearable/supported note in opera style wich is e3.
    I ask then:
    Is it ok to have to do chest or modal voice in exhale from f3 to c5 (prima voce: f3-d6) , and then having to do inalare la voce from c5 to e6/f6?
    My mind and voice go crazy in the voice passage from modal to head, and I have to practice when to do each one of them.
    I like to sing soprano stuff that also goes down to mezzo or even alto notes sometimes, besides soprano high notes, but it is easier now if the aria maintains in the high soprano and not going much down to c4, but I dont want to stop using my chest voice forever, so I seek crazy unpopular early classicist era arias from opera seria (early) young Mozart and late baroque/rococo/galante era composers like Johann Hasse or Christian Bach, composer named Vinci , Nicholo Jommelli, Porpora, and the czech one called "il bohemo" . Most of these "both mezzo + high soprano" works are "male" characters of the opera for wich it was created. So to say now a days trouser roles or "castrato" roles for high soprano with mezzo low notes", but not the famous mezzo/alto trouser/castrati roles.

  22. So you mean I mentally inhale the whole time I carry the note, not just in the beginning like taking a breath, right? That is doing inhalare la voce?

    Also, do you have a video or tips on how to sing with genuine feeling and emotion? Also, how to battle stage fright, performance anxiety? Could really use these.

    Thanks- as always.

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