How To Sing With Your Diaphragm (Part 1: Using Your Stomach) – LESSON 3 – Craig Shimizu Voice

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How To Sing With Your Diaphragm (Part 1: Using Your Stomach) – LESSON 3 – Craig Shimizu Voice

To learn how to sing with your diaphragm effectively, the stomach must be trained to move in correctly. This is a very important voice lesson.
Other singing lessons covered are replenishment breathing and how to “recover” after each line that you sing.
A future voice lesson video will be on the “fixed sternum”, which is emphasized in this singing lesson.

19 thoughts on “How To Sing With Your Diaphragm (Part 1: Using Your Stomach) – LESSON 3 – Craig Shimizu Voice

  1. I often felt uncomfortable because my stomach felt clenched, but looking at your demonstration on how the stomach should look when breathing diaphragmatically is helping me to get over this.  I also like how the printed words and diagram help to emphasize what you are saying.  Also, nice light humor.  Thank you.

  2. Lynx The Glorified says:

    Craig I have a certain issue that’s been annoying me to pieces and I am in desperate need of your help. Ok so for years I have been correcting my breathing technique and it has come rather natural to me. I can use my diaphragm for support and proof of that is through the ‘hissing’ exercises that force you to control the air flow and I am able to do it for an extensive amount of time. Here’s the issue I often feel like when I’m singing my larynx doesn’t move up much but I DO feel a slight movement upwards. Like it is VERY subtle but it is evident and it annoys me. Often times after singing my voice will feel slight irritated it will NOT however go hoarse or raspy. I just feel that my larynx isn’t 100% neutral even tho I’m using diaphragmatic support. I find myself frustrated with this because if my larynx does subtly move upwards it is getting in the way of relaxation, 0 tension and a calm blend of the registers. Is there anyway I could send you a video of my singing that you could fix?

  3. Myrto Hellas says:

    Thank you for the detailed video !! so nice when there are people who have wisdom about what they give unconditionally !it is great !thank you !

  4. Apollo Papp says:

    Very well explained . thnx a lot for sharing . You are awesome. =)

  5. Bruno Pires Mucheroni says:

    +Shimizu Voice Hi Shimizu! My big problem about that…i can breath and have a good support…but its seens like i ever have some air stuck in my chest….if i push out all my air, in the end i can push out more of mychest….this is annouyng, you know something about that? Thank you again for all your videos!

  6. TheSandkastenverbot says:

    Thanks a lot for the explanations!

  7. Abie Soeprahono says:

    love it…thx a lot. its sooo helpfull …

  8. VIDEOHEREBOB says:

    Craig, you nailed it when you said “control the ascent of the diaphragm.” Loved your explanation. Always good for me to revisit these key aspects of Appoggio. Thank you. Bob

  9. Melissa Lopez says:

    Hi Craig!

    All opera singing teachers say that you have to tense your entire abdomen like a rock for support ( appoggio) in the high notes mostly…
    Are they right or wrong?

    What can I do if must of the time I have to sing” a capella” in open areas?

    What is the best method to project my voice in this situation?

    Thank you in advanced.

  10. Madara Uchiha says:

    but some vocal coaches says you to let your stomach very hard to hit the high note is that right???

  11. Madara Uchiha says:

    OK… when I want to sing where should I put the sound….for example pop

  12. Madara Uchiha says:

    no I don’t mean the breath….I mean resenonce…should I always put it in the nasal resonanse??

  13. carolyn cardamis says:

    BEST explanation I have had on the RELEASE of the air in sining. thanks…

  14. AaronPulse says:

    You’ve made my day again, my friend! I just came back to this video to check on my technique, and now I found that I was squeezing my abs inwards because I thought that was the proper use of the diaphragm. Now you helped me a lot with this video and I’m so grateful that’s why I’m writing a lot! My singing is relaxed now, I can hit so much higher notes, my head voice is not malfunctioning anymore and the strange almost harsh throaty sound is gone from my voice. 😀 Everyone, this method is really working! 🙂 Now I can go on stage confidently next week, singing traditional Hungarian folk songs, thanks to Shimizu Voice! Craige, I was wondering if you could teach me in person or on skype some day? 🙂

  15. AaronPulse says:

    You’ve made my day again, my friend! I just came back to this video to check on my technique, and now I found that I was squeezing my abs inwards because I thought that was the proper use of the diaphragm. Now you helped me a lot with this video and I’m so grateful that’s why I’m writing a lot! My singing is relaxed now, I can hit so much higher notes, my head voice is not malfunctioning anymore and the strange almost harsh throaty sound is gone from my voice. 😀 And even my aching jaw is seems to be gone too in a second. Everyone, this method is really working! 🙂 Now I can go on stage confidently next week, singing traditional Hungarian folk songs, thanks to Shimizu Voice! Craig, I was wondering if you could teach me in person or on skype some day? 🙂

  16. Hi Craig,
    There are two things i don’t understand
    1. I have been following your videos about diaphragmatic breathing. All was going well, but when you came to singing with diaphragmatic breathing. I lost it, you said we have to hold our diaphragm down, yet we exhale as we sing and in all the previous exercises we have been exhaling as the diaphragm contracts. So it’s like you are saying as we sing we are exhaling while holding our diaphragm down. But in the exercises we were exhaling as the stomach collapses and the diaphragm contracts, we din’t hold it down
    2. They say we breath at the beginning of each phrase but when i listen to recorded music, singers don’t follow this rule. They instead breathe in every after a measure or at times even they sing one and a half measures then inhale. So I’m lost, please when exactly do we
    Have to breathe in during singing?

  17. MC Lamb To #Infinity says:

    Is nasal breathing important?

  18. Bhavya Jain says:

    Is it ok if I expand my ribcage while breathing as I feel tension in my abdomen when i expand my belly?

  19. kenneth Lu says:

    Nice video. Do you always use your diaphragm while singing? When I sing I only use my diaphragm when I need more air. Thanks.

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