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You know that breathing has a lot to do
with good singing.
How you inhale, as well as the amount of
air that
comes out while you're singing each have
equal importance.
But frankly, the amount that is used as
you sing,
is the more important aspect of the
breath.
In this next series of exercises and
lessons,
I'm going to show you different aspects of
that along with a number of
other ways of implementing breath
management and more.
We're going to use another singer, and I'm
gonna bring on Perry.
>> Hello.
>> Hi.
So Perry,
is there a section of a song that's giving
you trouble or is challenging?
>> Yes.
>> Tell.
>> There is.
>> Okay tell me.
>> I actually wrote a song.
And the chorus of it is.
I feel it's just a bit above, towards the
higher side of my range.
>> Mm.
>> I think I can get there.
I just don't know how to breath properly
when I sing.
>> Mm-hm.
>> So I think that's holding me back.
>> Gotcha.
What happens when you sing this section?
>> I, I'm sort of keeping the notes like
deep in my throat, I feel like.
I feel like I'm not able to fully like,
pronunciate all the words correctly.
>> What does it feel like?
>> Straining.
>> Okay.
>> Yeah.
A lot of straining.
>> Right, okay, so.
Do you normally accompany yourself on the
song with something,
with an instrument or?
>> Yes, I actually brought a ukulele to
play this song with.
>> Oh, wonderful.
>> So if I may.
[LAUGH].
>> Okay, cool.
[LAUGH]
>> [LAUGH]
>> Okay, so this is the,
which part of the song, again?
>> This is the chorus of the song.
>> Lovely.
Let's have it.
>> Okay.
I'm just gonna do once through and
then go ahead and start.
>> Oh, you mean, yes, perfect.
>> [MUSIC].
>> [MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
So there's the chorus.
>> Mm-hm.
Okay, so it's
[MUSIC].
>> Mm-hm.
>> Right?
Okay, good.
So I'm gonna turn you around, and
you feel my hands here?
>> Yes.
>> Good.
Actually I want.
All other students to see where I'm
placing my hands.
And notice it's not at the waist, it's not
where the shoulder blades are,
it's just under the shoulder blades.
You can have somebody else do this for
you, actually put their hands here.
Or I'll later show you a way of doing it
for yourself.
But it's nice to have someone else do it.
Okay, now, imagine that when you inhale,
it's opening my hands, right, that inhale,
and that's what I want you to try to do.
>> Okay.
>> Let your inhale open my hands.
Fantastic, now let it out.
Good, let's do that again.
Inhale, good, and exhale.
Good.
Now just to
make sure that you see this movement.
Okay, do it again.
Inhale.
Good.
And exhale.
Excellent.
Now I have not, instructed her prior to
this lesson on how to do this.
Just so you know.
[LAUGH] Alright, so we before we carry on.
Here's, here's the deal.
When you inhale, where does the air go?
>> To your lungs.
>> Good.
>> Where are you lungs?
>> In this area.
>> [LAUGH]
Okay.
Now a small portion of what you just
showed me is correct and the rest is not.
>> Okay.
>> Because all down here, these are lower
organs, these are intestines,
you've got a lot, over 21 feet, sorry if
you do metric, I don't know metric system.
But there's over 21 feet of coiled
intestines.
There's the reproductive organs, there's
the elimination organs, and if your
lungs there, for example, that would put
most of your organs in your legs.
Which doesn't work for us on planet Earth.
So, in the front the top of the lungs
start
about here and they end approximately
there.
This may be shocking for some of you who
thought that they were much lower but
that's about where they they end.
They do however go through the body,
front to back, and there's two on left and
right.
So, the top in the back are about there.
And let me find your waist.
They end there.
So where do you have the most lungs?
The front or the back?
>> The back.
>> Beautiful.
Thus, when I say breath into my hands
that's why.
>> Mm-hm.
>> It allows the air to go into the bigger
part of your lungs.
>> Okay.
>> Okay, this is a very small part.
And if you've ever heard the instruction
diaphragmatic breathing or whatever,
I think this is, you know, or breath into
your belly, all they're really trying
to do is to get you to utilize the lower
part of your lungs.
Only problem is if you don't know where
they are,
you end up thinking that they are where
they're not and then that starts, you,
you start using effort to breath [LAUGH]
because you, you're trying to get
the air to go where it never will and it
all sort of ends up back firing on you.
All you need to know is that you have the
biggest part of the lungs back here.
They're surround,
we're going to get in to more about this
in a later section of the school.
But for right now, so
that you can use this right away, this is
the area to breath into.
So what we're going to do, is I'm going to
again,
ask you to breath in to my hands and then
sing the chorus.
>> Okay.
>> Alright?
Okay, so breathe into my hands, good.
Sing.
>> [MUSIC].
[MUSIC].
>> Good.
How was that?
>> It felt a lot better, definitely in the
beginning.
>> Nice.
>> Yeah.
>> Okay, and then what happened as you
went along?
Did it feel as good in the, as it did in
the beginning?
>> No, it didn't.
>> Okay.
So.
About, I don't know, more or less midway.
You started pulling from the front.
>> Okay.
>> So let's do it one more time.
And each time you take a breath, this is
going to make it more mechanical.
>> Mm-hm.
>> But, you know,
you're getting familiar with something
that's new.
So let's keep it mechanical and
each new breath feel my hands.
>> Right there.
>> Take a breath.
Okay, go.
Nope, that's pulling from the front.
>> Okay.
>> All right, let's do it in the back.
There.
Good.
>> [LAUGH] Okay.
>> Alright.
[MUSIC].
Much better.
Yeah?
>> Mm-hm, yes.
[LAUGH].
>> Uh-huh.
Good.
Now.
There's, there's a lesson.
In this section you probably have seen.
I'm talking to you.
[LAUGH] Called What About Your Stomach?
So what about your stomach?
[LAUGH] I'd like you to put a hand here.
You got it on your belly area?
>> Hm-mm
>> Good.
Now, feel the muscles of your stomach
relax into your hand.
I don't want you to push it there.
Just let it relax.
>> Okay.
>> Good.
Now breath into your back.
Good.
Now exhale.
Good.
Stomach is still relaxed.
Good and again this time breath into my
hands and
sing me the first two phrases while
allowing your stomach to remain relaxed.
Ready?
>> Okay.
>> Okay, breath into my hands.
[MUSIC].
>> Good.
Tell me about that.
>> It felt much better.
>> Why?
What happened?
>> I feel like I have more control.
The air's actually coming from my lungs as
opposed to me
forcing it with my stomach muscles.
>> Yes.
>> Yeah.
>> Awesome.
>> [LAUGH].
>> Okay.
Breathe into your back, let your belly
relax.
It's, at first, sounds simpler then it may
be if you're used to contracting here.
So it takes some getting used to.
But we're switching your emphasis now to
back here,
which aligns your efforts with how your
body is actually designed.
I said I would teach you one way of doing
this yourself.
You can take your hands like this turn
your fingers backwards.
Put the backs of your fingers on the
sides.
Make sure that it's not at your waist.
Then take a breath and let your hands open
with your ribs as you do it.
Got it?
So if you don't have somebody who can put
their hands there like I just
demonstrated, you can do it for yourself.
It's not very comfortable on your wrists,
but just to find that place and
use a sense of touch to help direct your
retention.
Alright, thank you.
>> Thank you.
>> See you in a moment.
[MUSIC]