Consistent breathing exercises help are crucial in improving your tone. Poor breathing techniques impair the projection of your voice. With regular breathing exercises, you can sing continuously, especially along those long spaces between the breathe marks in a song. You can benefit in several other ways from routinely practicing breathing. It is essential that you are relaxed in a concert; your neck muscles, arms and back muscles should be trained for correct positioning and posture while singing. With the following breathing exercises for singing, you will be in a composed and relaxed posture and your singing will appear flawless in any performance.
#1: The ‘SSSS’ Sound Exercise
Now, imagine that there is a balloon filled with air in your diaphragm. The main objective is to release the air slowly from the balloon through a small hole on its surface. To do this, produce the ‘ssss’ sound using your breath, tongue as well as your teeth. Ensure that the sound produced is a single S and not a ‘shhhh’ sound. The ‘shhhh’ sound releases too much air and therefore would not help your muscles for better breathing control while you are singing.
Focus on making the ‘ssss’ sound stable and try keeping the volume as constant as possible. This exercise helps in training the diaphragm and the muscles around it to maintain constant tension during singing. It also trains your breath control so that you can be able to manipulate the dynamics of a song with much ease. This is why it is actually one of the best breathing exercises for singing out there although it may seem basic.
#2: Quick And Loud “SSSS”
The second exercise is a build-up of the first one. However, in this breathing exercise, you will require more tension in your diaphragm and the abdominal muscles. Repeat the first exercise, but this time, try to produce the ‘ssss’ loudly, expelling air through the small hole in the balloon as quickly as you can.
This exercise trains your diaphragm muscles to handle greater levels of tension during singing, and you will realize with time, that you can handle high notes in your songs. At first, you will find it difficult to sustain the loud sound for a long time, but this breathing exercise will enable you to use more force from the abdominal area. Repeat the exercise a couple of times in your daily routines.
#3: The Laugh Exercise
In our third exercise, you may require a keyboard and some water to drink sporadically throughout the entire exercise session when you feel dehydrated or your vocal codes need some refreshments. If you cannot find a keyboard, you can still carry out this exercise. You can do the laugh exercise on five different pitches; ‘ha,ha,ha,ha,ha’. As you do the laugh, incorporate your keyboard along it, starting from a higher note to a lower note. If you do not have a keyboard, just ensure that you are exhaling as much air as possible as you do the exercise. Place your hand in your diaphragm to feel the physical movement there. Develop this exercise on other different vowels and pitches. The laugh breathing exercise helps you to breathe correctly as a singer.
#4: Inhaling And Exhaling
As yet another one of the best breathing exercises for singing, this exercise requires you to lie on the floor with your back, and place an object on your stomach. The goal of the exercise is to make the object move up and down as you breathe in and out. This allows your breath to move to the bottom half of your lungs. As you breathe out, you can make the ‘ssss’ sound, and try to prolong it for as long as you can.
#5: Loud Bouncy “SSSS”
This final exercise involves a series of bouncy ‘ssss’ sound; ‘ssss! ssss! ssss! ssss!?’. Try to produce a series of light and bouncy ‘ssss’ sound. This exercise helps you to train your diaphragm to be flexible as well as enables you to sing fast songs, including staccato sections of the song with much ease.
You can begin with three bouncy and light ‘ssss’ sounds then a sustained but much softer ‘ssss’ sound and finally increase the volume to the loudest ‘SSSS’ sound you can produce. Expel all your breath at the end of the exercise.
Try these breathing exercises for singing to increase your breath control, improve your posture and your performance value as well as enhance the resonance and tone of your singing voice. Practice these exercises at least every day, you can allocate 5 to 10 minutes for each exercise and ensure that you adhere to the techniques strictly. There is no doubt that breath control is one of the pillars for great singing. Once you know how to control your breath, you will have no problems at all with your voice.