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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Exercise: The Singing Breath -NEW!

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[MUSIC]
In fact, most singers I've ever
encountered, at this point tens of
thousands
around the world, how could that be?
[LAUGH] but it's true.
Tend to push air out.
While singing.
This overrides the potential of natural
breath management and
will always force out more air than your
voice actually needs.
It would be like playing guitar and
banging on the string
rather than just plucking and having that
refined action that brings about
a beautiful vibration of the strings and a
full sound of the note vibration.
So, this is an exercise that you may have
encountered at one point or
another if you've taken previous voice
lessons.
I'm using it for a slightly different
reason, than often this is used.
And so in the placement of our step by
step.
It will fit in beautifully because,
I want you to start getting a sense of how
it is that you don't need to push air out.
But, only a small amount is needed.
We're going to be moving this forward into
discovering what and
how the body is designed.
To actually handle this automatically for
us.
So, I'm not leading you into a system of
having to think about breathing or
having to actively through thought hold
back your air in all of this.
This exercise is only for you to be able
to get a sense of not pushing out air.
So it has a limited, but important use.
I'm gonna bring Parry on to help.
And this is how it goes.
So the first step, you breathe into your
back.
Then with pursed lips and teeth together,
well they're not gonna touch but they're
not gonna be gaping open either,
like you've got the teeniest little straw
here.
All right.
We're gonna start with an exhale that is
on an eight count.
And then we're going to add so that you
can do it longer, and longer.
And get up to at least a 20 count.
But it can't be one, two, three, four,
five, six.
[LAUGH] So I'll give you what the pace is.
All right so I will put my hands on your
back and, like I said,
the first step is breathe into your back.
Stomach stays relaxed as you do this.
So you can put a hand on your belly, and
purse your lips and
you're going to very slowly exhale.
And I will count, one.
Two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight.
And relax.
Breathe normally.
[SOUND] And then we're going to take it up
to a count of 12.
Breathe into your back, purse your lips
and go.
One, two, three, four,
five, six, seven,
eight, nine, ten, 11.
12, and exhale, relax.
And breathe normally.
Now, this is new for Parry, so I don't
know if I can get her
up to 20, but let's try it, and then
you'll have this at least on this video
lesson for your use as you build it up.
All right, so breathe in to your back
stomach.
Stays relaxed.
Purse your lips and one,
two, three, four, five, six, seven,
eight, nine, ten, 11.
12, 13, 14, 15, 16,
17, 18, 19, 20, relax.
Good.
Now as you practice this if you can get up
to 25.
That's great, Ming, that is a goal, but
it doesn't have to be done right away if
you need to build up to it.
There's also going to be a physical
development of being, of getting actually.
Physically get your body used to
maintaining air for that length of time.
We're of course normally used to breathing
in and
out with more of a shorter rhythm to it.
So that's another aspect to build up and
into.
There are other exercises that are, like I
said, going to take this further and
end up helping you eliminate any need of
thinking about breathing.
But let's see what happens
when you sing the chorus of the song now
and I won't put my hands on your sides.
>> Okay.
>> Ready?
>> All right.
>> Okay.
[NOISE]
[MUSIC].
What did you find?
>> It's very different.
>> Yeah?
>> It's much easier.
>> Awesome.
>> Yeah.
>> Awesome.
And I'm sure you'll find the same.
Have fun practicing this exercise and when
you have finished the exercise.
Sing a song.
If you want to upload the song to me for
evaluation,
you can even do this exercise and then go
right into a song on your video.
And I'll give you my feedback.
[MUSIC]