What we know about breathing and the voice: The power or driving force behind our voice comes from breathing and airflow. Just like how a car needs gas in order to function, air is the “gas” that makes our voice go. Our goal is to speak with good breath support and not to rely solely on the muscles of the throat. When we don’t have good breath support we create tension within our voicebox. This ultimately leads to strain, laryngeal tightness, and poor voicing.
Diaphragmatic breathing: The diaphragm is the most important muscle for inspiration. It is a large, dome-shaped muscle that is situated beneath your lungs. Diaphragmatic breathing is taught to help improve the efficiency your breathing and help strengthen the diaphragm. People often get into a habit of tightening their chest and shoulders when they breathe, instead of relaxing those muscles and filling the low belly up with air. This technique will help improve your overall breath support and aid in the improvement of your vocal quality.
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