This video will teach you how to get more air when singing with one simple exercise. If you want to Immediately improve your natural singing voice watch this!
Hi I’m Chuck Gilmore, International Vocal Coach and Founder of Power To Sing.
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Last week I showed you one simple exercise to help you find your natural singing voice. In this video, I’ll show you how to improve your natural singing voice by teaching you how to get more air when singing.
Have you ever heard someone talk like this? [demo talking with a vocal fry] I call it the Elmer Fudd voice. This is what we sound like when the vocal cords are starved of air.
Often singers sing with this same “starved of air” condition. Their vocal cords aren’t getting enough air to vibrate easily. The vocal cords and air are out of balance.
Here’s one simple exercise to increase the air flow to the vocal cords.
Inhale through your nose slowly. As you do put your hands on your tummy and pretend you have a balloon down here. As you breathe through your nose slowly, fill your “balloon” up with air.
Feel it swelling up….filled with air! Notice as you do this that your belly button is moving forward or away from you.
Now, as you use your air, pull your tummy in gently so your belly button is moving back in toward your spine. Pretend there’s a string connected to the back of your belly button and you are pulling it gently back.
Now find your natural voice. [Demo] Remember last week’s video on how to discover your natural singing voice? If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it at the end of this video.
Breath through your nose and fill up your tummy with air. (The air isn’t really going into your tummy…it just feels like it.)
Sing your natural singing voice and pull your tummy in as you sustain the note. Refill with air and try it several times.
Using your natural singing voice, pull your tummy in slow. What do you notice about your tone?
Pull it in slightly faster. Pull it in fast. What do you notice about your voice? What difference does it make in the tone of your singing voice to add more or a consistent flow of air? Tell me in the comments section below this YouTube video.
Here are four things you may have noticed.
#1. Your body and voice have more energy and your tone projects more
#2. Your tone is more full
#3. Your voice feels more consistent or steady
#4. Your voice feels more confident
What else did you notice? Let me know in the comments section below.
It’s amazing what a consistent, steady stream of air does for your singing. Practice this during your vocal exercises and songs until you breathe this way without thinking about it.
Another amazing way to improve your tone, consistency and confidence is to do the breathing exercise as you do vocal exercises for your unique vocal type.
#1. Your vocal type is not whether you’re soprano, alto, tenor or bass. Your vocal type describes what your voice tends to do as you sing higher. For example, do you tend to strain, or break or go into falsetto, go breathy, or maybe mix?
#2. To discover your vocal type, download this free PDF entitled “Get Your Vocal Type”. You can get it here, or in the description area below this YouTube video.
#3. This PDF contains links to a vocal test. Take the test and get your vocal type.
#4. Then watch the videos about your vocal type and download the exercises for your vocal type.
This PDF will give you links to vocal exercises to help you sing anywhere in your range with your natural singing voice that is appropriately supplied with a steady and consistent supply of air.
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I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power to Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power. I’ll see you inside the next video.