Tag Archive: anatomy of breathing

Sustainable Sound (Part 2)

diaphragm-and-lungs

Sustainable Sound (Part 2) Some “notes” on endurance through breath support           Breath support: a topic that is possibly even more inadequately explained than the action of the diaphragm for singers.           We have already spoken of the importance of core stability in sustaining a note or …

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The Sing and Squat Conundrum (Part 2)

This may not be a perfect squat, but as a performer you may be required to sing in these types of positions. Using IAAs can help with this!

The Sing and Squat Conundrum (Part 2) Answering some questions…           I purposely left the last post with a lot of unanswered questions in hopes that people would start to really consider the implications of proper breathing during exercise and how it related to singing. I also acknowledge that another few …

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The Sing and Squat Conundrum (Part 1)

The importance of the abdomen in breathing demonstration at TEDxGuelphU 2012

The Sing and Squat Conundrum (Part 1) Using isolated abdominal activations (IAAs) to improve breathing continuity during exercise           A couple of years ago I was giving a lecture to a group of kinesiology students on the anatomy of breathing. I demonstrated the importance of the abdomen in breathing using my …

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Breathe Deep(er)

Explanation of a basic kegal exercise for men and women.

Breathe Deep(er) The controversial and untapped breath-control power of the pelvic floor            I think I have heard more than a dozen voice teachers talk about “supporting your air from down there”. One of my old teachers told me that her voice teacher once recommended that she sing from her vagina. …

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The Unsung Hero

Layers of abdominal muscles: rectus abdominis (left) and internal oblique (right). a-xiphoid process; b-sternum

The Unsung Hero The important but oft misunderstood role of the abdomen in respiration           Although often a source of obsessive vanity in today’s society, the abdomen is the “unsung hero” of respiration.  Not only does it allow us to control our exhalation, but it has important implications in regulating inhalation …

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The Inspirational King

The Inspirational King The truth about the mysterious and misunderstood diaphragm muscle           The diaphragm is my favourite muscle in the human body, and perhaps the most misunderstood (especially in the singing world). The diaphragm is responsible for an ability to maximize inhalation and therefore has earned the title (in my …

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Whose Air is it Anyway?

A schematic diagram of what happens during inhalation (left) and exhalation (right). During exhalation notice how the rib cage is squeezing the lungs as they exhale and they are getting smaller to push the air out.

Whose Air is it Anyway? The anatomical role of the lungs in breathing             The lungs are often the first structures anyone thinks about when they are considering breathing, and rightfully so. They are the reason we are able to take oxygen from the air and deliver it to our …

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Help! I Can’t Breathe!

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Help! I Can’t Breathe! Exploring the “Art of Breathing” and its implications for healthy vocal production   There is no skill more critical to healthy vocal use than that of proper breathing.             When a student walks into my studio for the first time, whether they are a beginner or …

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