Free Voice Lesson Explanation and exercises for Appoggio Breathing

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This video is a response to a subscriber question regarding a video to address the moment where one’s inhalation becomes exhalation and singing. It’s a three part in one video tutorial on posture alignment, the inhalation during singing and exhalation in the form of exercises to maintain proper alignment and expansion of the torso for good engagement (appoggio)

20 thoughts on “Free Voice Lesson Explanation and exercises for Appoggio Breathing

  1. Thanks for the video Jeff, you said you were doing a three-part series, is this the first? I couldn’t find any of the other two on your channel…

  2. Jeff, you give a very coherent and simple explanation of the Italianate breath management system so often passed down incorrectly in our American music schools (and especially youtube, lol). It is immediately apparent to anyone who has [*actually*] read the appropriate literature (Miller, Reid, etc), and has actually experienced the sensation, that you know what you are talking about. It’s really refreshing to see someone who knows singing this way is the only way to sing serious music. Pay no mind to ignorant detractors. 

  3. Thanks Jeff. I will try the practices. May be if I may ask, I have a problem smoothly connecting to my passagio without changing tone. How can I work on that?

  4. Thank you very much for this instructional video. You demonstrate exactly how Miller writes in his book. All the other videos I have seen on youtube and articles on the web do not follow his method. They tend to go off of McCoy’s description which doesn’t really do appoggio justice. Finally somebody gets what they are talking about!

  5. On the longer exercise at the end, it’s hard to tell where you’re taking a breath. You say you’re taking a breath “at the top of the scale” (around 6:50) but you’re starting on a low note. Should you take a breath when you start on the low note, then again when you’re done with the high note? Then it seems like you’re singing a long phrase (7:04) with only a breath at the beginning. Clarification please.

  6. good explanation and the author demonstrates a practical and theoretical knowledge of the breathing mechanism. thank you for the upload 😀

  7. one question: when you do the scale exercise, when are you breahting exactly? My understanding is that, at the end of each line you’re breathing. but then you do a run of 12 sixteenth notes back to back (instead of what you were doing which was 4 sixteenth notes then a quarter note rest during which I assume you do your breath). for the longer part of the exercise – are you still breathing at the top of each scale (in this instance we’d have to take a very was breath) or are you taking one large breath before the vocal run and using that to complete the run? Thanks so much for your answer, and know that I’m only using these terms so as to best convey my meaning to you – I realize they’re not necessarily sixteenth notes

  8. Thank you! I spent three years before I understood this technique! And then I went to an audition after mastering the technique, and they told me I had wrong breath management! Obviously their ideal was the belly out breath! Before and during my confusion, I was told that support was like going to the toilet. I crunched and crunched, without any result. But my last teacher taught me the appoggio support, and it has had a tremendous effect on my breath management!

  9. Hi Jeff,

    The most of the time, while singing, I feel myself unconfortable. It seems that I have a lot of tension in my abdomen, low back, shoulders and neck.
    It’s hard to me relaxing or free the ribs appropriately with so much tension. So those tips to body alignment and correct position to appoggio is very useful to me and (certainly) for many people with similar issues.
    I really enjoyd your mezzos lessons as well.
    Thank you so much for your rich explanations.

    Regards

  10. Jeff,

    This video is very helpful for me because I’m very interesting in breathing, support and air flow. It feels nice and easy in low and mid range, but what should we do with high notes, what kind of support we should make?

    All the best!

  11. very informative to put into my practice time to incorporate it into making my voice sound better and less vocal fatigue for a stronger low range and in performance in general.

  12. one person incorrectly gave thumbs down haha.
    Hey thank you so much for this explanation. I am new to singing and almost self taught, and I discover appogio but there was very little nor unprecise information about this.
    This video and what you explain is excellent and should have more views.

    one little question, when we practice the “sing note and inhale in a eight note pattern”, should i apply this to singing as well? I say this because i read that one should “prepare” for singing the phrase, that is, not wait until the very start of the phrase to start singing. So you inhale sooner than the starting phrase.
    What are your thoughts?

    THanks in advance!

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