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As a Vocalist, I'm Taking Ownership of the Air I Breathe!

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Tavious Peterkin

on 30 October 2013

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Transcript of As a Vocalist, I'm Taking Ownership of the Air I Breathe!

As a Vocalist, I'm Taking Ownership of the Air I Breathe!
Good Breathing ~Vs~ Wrong Breathing
How can you tell the difference between the two? I'm glad that you asked. (Be sure to take these down in class notes)
There's a such thing as breathing correctly?!
Step 1: Practice noticing how you breathe regularly.

Step 2: Stand up straight with your feet about a foot apart (shoulder with apart) and relax the shoulders.

Step 3: Breathe in so that your torso expands in all directions (YEAH...ALL DIRECTIONS) but don't raise the shoulders.

Step 4: Without contracting your abdominal muscles, move your umbilical inward toward the spine.
{When placing your finger in front of your mouth, your breath should feel warm and sensuous. It should also be silent...SHHHHHH!!! Ooopps I mean, shhh, please. The more noise that is made, the more tension gets built up in the body.}
Step 5: Practice noticing your breath with all you do...singing, playing another instrument, talking, exercising, or doing nothing in particular...What is the difference in all of these?

Step 6: Do breathing exercises to increase the amount of control you have with your diaphragm.
Time to Practice:

~ Everyone Standing
~ Breathe in for 4 seconds
~ Hold your breath for 4 seconds
~ Release your air for 4 seconds
This will continue by 2s until getting to the number 20. [Don't pass out!!!]
Bad Breath Control:
makes your throat hurt and feel tight while singing.
If you are singing with incorrect breathing technique, you will feel a tensed up feeling in your throat. This means that you are putting un-necessary strain on your vocal cords.
Vocal tension, and forcing your voice is the single most harmful thing you can do for yourself.
It causes tons of problems such as:

Scratchy breaks in your voice,

Inability to reach high notes,

A weak and powerless vocal sound,

Pitch problems, like going
sharp
and
flat
unpurposely,

And shortness of breath while singing.
Vocal tension, and forcing the voice can eventually lead to vocal nodes forming inside your throat.

Basically, nodes are little bumps that form on the vocal cords on the inside of the throat. They cause your voice to be raspy and toneless, and often the only cure is a combination of surgery and vocal therapy. The vocal therapy can involve being ordered not to speak or use your voice for an extended period of time, sometimes months.

If you are trying to be a singer of any sort, this is like a
death sentence
. Even after vocal therapy, many people can't ever sing to the level they once could... (
Wittney Houston
) their ranges are dramatically shortened, their voices break and they have a constant raspy-ness that never goes away.

Here's the good news... vocal nodes can be prevented! All you have to do is take care of the beautiful voice you have by singing with proper technique, and that begins with learning the correct breath control tips and techniques.
The Magical Voice Before Vocal Abuse:
The Magical Voice After Vocal Abuse and Rehabilitation:
Homework: Tonight, go on www.edmodo.com and check out the latest class post. Your work that should be done AT HOME will be there for you to complete. Don't forget! Lastly, take the time to actually READ the assignment for instructions and pay attention to due dates...one it is late, it is what it is.
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