How to breathe

Despite the title, this isn't a post about how to stay alive, more a top tip on how to figure out how to breathe properly when you sing!

You may have heard the phrase 'singing from your diaphragm' a term used by many to describe where to breathe from. However, the diaphragm plays a small part in this action and we actually use a lot more of ourselves.

The only way to find out if you're doing this properly is to feel for it yourself. My top tip to find this is to lie on the floor.... that's right, it's a simple as that! 

Find a space to allow you to lie flat on your back, palms facing up, legs straight, everything nice and relaxed. Ensure that areas prone to tension, such as the neck and shoulders, have let it all go and you are thoroughly connected with the floor. 

Once here, place your hands on your rib cage, either side, just below your breastbone, then be conscious of your breath: breathing in through your nose, then out through your mouth. You should feel your rib cage move up and out on the inhalation, then down on the exhalation. 

Without training, this is not something we do naturally when standing so needs a lot of practise - I suggest doing the above at night, before you go to sleep. Eventually, as you become more conscious, this will become second nature when standing.

There are a full suite of breathing techniques used by singers. Once you have this one down, you will set yourself up to begin learning the rest and how they can support you in song. Good luck!