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Breath Control V2

Instruction on correct breathing for singing or speaking.
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Alan Biehl

on 20 November 2011

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Transcript of Breath Control V2

breathing Most of the time we do it without even thinking about it. Is the process voluntary If it were completely voluntary,
one might die from holding
one's breath too long. If it were completely involuntary, one would not be able speak or sing other than in short bursts. It would also make it impossible to swim underwater unaided by a breathing apparatus. or involuntary? It is in fact both a voluntary and an involuntary process since we able to control and regulate our breathing to some extent controlling one's breath by using the diaphragm is essential for an actor, singer, or public speaker! The diaphragm The diaphram is a muscle connected to the bottom of the lungs that draws air into the lungs as it contracts. and releases the air as it relaxes The body’s breathing process also involves a number of other muscles, some of which connect to your ribs, and still others that are in your chest, back, and buttocks. Normal breathing is a simple three-step process: 1. shallow inhalation
2. even exhalation
3. a pause Repeating more than 17,000 times every day A singer needs to inhale quickly and deeply in order to keep time with the musical accompaniment, followed by a slow and measured exhalation that allows him or her to sing sustained notes. Actors also benefit from using this method in order to speak longer passages of dialog while producing enough volume to be heard by the entire audience. The audience is there to hear, understand, and hopefully be entertained by the story that YOU are telling! Why is important for a speaker or singer to be heard? And why is there an audience?
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