Do not fire your breath outPosted: March 23, 2011
I really don’t want the hassle of writing a blog, so here we go…
In singing, for each phrase you kind of need to slow down the breath going out.
Make it a gentle flow of air. Don’t push it out, instead resist it’s getting out.
Think about a weighted keyboard sort of approach. I mean the thing where the keyboard makes you play soft unless you really hit it.
This is different to volume. I haven’t understood that bit yet but I think you make the power with other muscles and not by blasting more air out.
At the choir, in warm-up, we do a putting-the-tongue-up-blocking thing which I believe is a way of experiencing the correct pushing. It’s when you sing “nnnnng” like a marauding mummy in a horror film.
It’s also a bit like the thing you do for that tibetan chanting (possibly).
I have seen this described as “drinking-in the sound”.
SO: YOU RESIST THE BREATH-OUT RATHER THAN BLASTING IT OUT.
ALSO: This may not apply to all types of singing.
ALSO: It will probably need to become auto because you will have other thoughts going on.
ALSO: It might help to think of this as saving the breath, making it last.
ALSO: Explain this a little more clearly next time.