Just Breathe

Saturday, 1 May, 2021

A fresh breath and great breath management are vital for good singing especially in close proximity with other crooners.

Fresh breath is an issue as singers often times have to have their heads really close to one another to enable them share a microphone.

While some bad breath are as a result of medical issues such as  sinus and respiratory infections or gum diseases, others are due to poor dental hygiene, dehydration or eating foods that have unpleasant smells. Medical attention should be given to medical conditions. However, before singing with people, do ensure that you have fresh breath by doing the following:

Brush and floss, rinse your mouth and scrape your tongue. Stay away from foods that incur foul breath. Stay hydrated. Keep your mouth moistened. Although mint candy can give fresh breath, it is not good for vocals. It solves one problem and creates another.

Breathing is vital in singing. Good breath control impacts greatly on one’s singing proficiency. According to stevenmemel.com, all breathing, whether conscious or not, is caused by the diaphragm. Breathing affects voice tone, quality, ability to reach required pitch ranges, power and sustenance of a musical note for a duration of time. In one article, musikalessons.com noted that incorporating breathing exercises for singing improves vocal stamina and vocal comfort in a healthy and sustainable way.

As singing takes up to 90 percent of lung capacity, physical exercises are beneficial and should be done before singing. Practice the following below:

  1. Inhale deeply through the nose, hold your breath, count slowly from 1 to 5, exhale slowly through the mouth counting from 1 to 5. Repeat for 5 minutes.
  2. Lie down with your back on the floor with hands by your side. Have your knees raised upwards with your feet flat on the ground. Repeat exercise 1 in this position.
  3. In sitting or standing position, inhale through your mouth as if you are sucking in liquid or air from a straw. Your mouth will look as if you are about to whistle. Do this slowly and count to 5. Hold your breath and count to another 5. Exhale slowly counting to 5 while the mouth formation is still in the whistle blowing form.

Now let’s hear the sounds coming from your pipes, clean, fresh and melodious.



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