Singing Lesson: What is “Inhalare La Voce” or Inhaling The Voice to Sing

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A 20-second note is demonstrated to show what this singing lesson can do. Follow the links below for more techniques related to “”Inhalare La Voce”:
Singing Lesson: The Vocal Onset (Attack)

How To Sing With Your Diaphragm (Part 2)

How To Sing: Using the Mixed Voice to Fix the Break (Crack)

Demonstration of a 20 second note :05
Popular topic on “Inhalare La Voce” :48
Inhaling the Voice allows you to sing long notes 1:10
Definition of problem that Inhalare La Voce addresses – excessive breath pressure 1:27
Holding back doesn’t work because tone quality will suffer 1:50
Scientific explanation of Inhalare La Voce 2:30
Cannot actually have air moving in two directions through the same tube, your trachea 2:43
Application of inhalation muscles at the same time forced expiration muscles are in use 3:15
Try to sing ah and inhale at the same time 3:47
1 out of 15-20 students are able to do it
It really feels like you inhaled when you do it correctly 4:20
Most teachers don’t teach Inhalare La Voce, but teach separate components of it 4:55
Although if you’re learning any kind of proper voice training, then you are actually learning Inhalare La Voce, controlling the release of air by applying inhalation muscles
Some of the individual components of Inhalare La Voce are: keeping the ribcage large, holding the diaphragm down, opening the throat 5:16
Inhalare La Voce helps to define the three major styles of American singing: classical, musical theatre and pop. 5:39
Demonstration of classical-Star Spangled Banner 7:08
Demonstration of pop-Star Spangled Banner 7:25
Demonstration of musical theatre-Star Spangled Banner 7:55

For diaphragm component of Inhalare La Voce see “How To Sing With Your Diaphragm (Part 2)” at
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30 thoughts on “Singing Lesson: What is “Inhalare La Voce” or Inhaling The Voice to Sing

  1. old channel says:

    Hello Shimizu 🙂 Thank you very much for this instructive and interesting
    video! I’m a beginner at singing and just yesterday I came across the
    technique of “inhalare la voce”. First I thought that it could only be used
    for classical singing but I’m glad you answered my question and told us
    that it can be used in any singing style. I tried a little bit to use the
    technique but every time I do, it it feels so exhausting to me and after
    that I’m really out of breath so I think I’m doing it wrong…is it just
    the imagination of inhaling while producing a sound or do I indeed inhale
    while singing? I did really inhale while singing but I can’t create very
    long notes with it because at one point I have to exhale again to continue
    breathing so that would interrupt my singing…I would be very glad to hear
    from you if it doesn’t trouble you- and thank you very much! 🙂 I
    subscribed to your channel- I really enjoyed watching this video.

  2. Sandra Yamada says:

    I liked the demonstrations of how powerful Inhalare La Voce can sound and
    the ways it can energize singing styles. I also liked how you demystified
    such a daunting concept as “inhaling the voice” by breaking it down into
    the various techniques we, as beginning voice students, should learn – for
    instance the relaxed throat, and as shown in your very helplful animated
    diagram, proper diaphragmatic breathing. Thank you. Your video and
    lessons are beginning to make me understand this technique. I am looking
    forward to your next video lesson!

  3. Did you lower your larynx to demonstrate classical inhalare la voce? Do you
    always have to use inhalare la voce? Does normal “pushy” breathing causes
    damage on vocal chords?

  4. Kristopharaoh Films says:

    I got it but sometimes it wants to be like Tarzan or Ray Romano. Sometimes
    it sounds similar to yours but other times it sounds airy… I found one
    that’s piercing but when I try to replicate that feeling, it cracks like
    tarzan and an airy/falsetto like one comes out (still louder than
    reinforced falsetto). 

  5. Bogdan Kudyrko says:

    Is it possible to do this without lifting the soft pallet?


    Could you please take a look and see if I am in a good path? I am trying to
    apply what I’ve learned with your videos. Thank you for supporting people
    like me.

  7. Dion Isaiah says:

    Takk for det! Haha…but this was incredible. Very informative.

  8. JinnyjinnyJin says:

    Quoted from in case
    anyone didn’t understand the gist of the video like me..

    “The voice flows out of you as sound waves. You need very little air to get
    the vocal cords to vibrate. It is not the air in fact that gives you the
    feeling of the masque but it can be helpful to imagine so. If you start
    pushing air forward to feel this masque you are definitely out for trouble.
    That destroys the delicate balance of the instrument. The old Italian
    masters said: “inhalare la voce ma cantare davanti” , inhale the voice but
    sing forward. What does that mean? Feel as if you are sucking in air, or
    “drinking” the voice while singing because then you don´t push, you stay
    better connected to the body and keep the space in the pharynx open. On the
    other hand, the voice has to come out as well as the text. Therefore, at
    the same time, imagine singing out, letting the tongue come forward and the
    text to flow easily to the listeners ears. If you can combine these two
    there is good balance of function as well as balanced sound. Because of
    fear of losing this balanced function many teachers do not advocate singing
    in the masque.”

  9. it’s very very good tip. thank so much.

  10. Taichientaoyin says:

    I can’t do that at all. I exhale

  11. Taichientaoyin says:

    it is about inhaling sound not air

  12. WTF was that? It was so off pitch!

  13. Raffster A says:

    Craig, Inhalare La Voce is a very interesting and somewhat mysterious
    technique. The idea of breathing in at the same time of phonating is
    completely alien to me. I tried to do this a few times (after breathing in
    from the diaphragm first) but found that I couldn’t even come close to
    doing it. I tried to make a soft sound, loud sound, a vowel and vocal fry
    but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t do it. Is there a trick to this
    technique that makes it possible? Can it actually by done (physiologically)
    or is simply a visualisation tool that somehow tricks the brain to set up
    the body to produce a sweeter sound but does not actually do what it
    states, which is phonating at exactly the same time as breathing in?On of
    the tests I did was hold a tissue paper only a centimetre or two away from
    my lips and try to breath in as I make a sound. The paper did not budge 1
    millimetre either way. I was hoping it would be sucked in the direction of
    my lips as it would if you were merely just breathing in. But no cigar.It
    really has me beat. Could you help enlighten us more about this technique
    and what we can do to achieve it?Many thanksRaffi

  14. Raffster A says:

    Craig,you mentioned in one of your replies:
    “When I teach it, I have the students sing songs concentrating on the
    onsets. If you don’t inhale on the onsets then correct inhalare la voce is
    not possible. Please be sure you understand the importance of balanced
    onsets. ”
    My question is, when you say ” inhale on the onsets” , what you really mean
    is inhaling the sound, not the breathe? Is that correct? Also, you are
    about to sing a line of say 5 words, do you start the “inhalation” on the
    first word of the line but continue the feeling of inhalation as you are
    singing the whole line, not just the onset of the first word of the line?

  15. Raffster A says:

    Hi CraigBy watching and hearing someone do scales or sing, could you tell
    whether or not they are using the Inhalare La Voce technique? If so, what
    are some of the tell-tale signs?Many thanksRaffi

  16. Raffster A says:

    Hi Craig. I was wondering how one would vary the volume through this
    technique, seeing that breath flow should be constant and the diaphragm be
    kept Dow as long as possible? What is the mechanism used to increase the
    volume? Traditional techniques involve more breath expulsion and
    contracting the diaphragm, but we don’t want that here.Many thanksRaffi

  17. VIDEOHEREBOB says:

    Are you referring to Appoggio or dynamic opposition with the diaphragm?

  18. John DeMena says:

    Craig, thanks so much for this lesson. It really helped me out. Just a
    quick question: when singing with the Inhalare la Voce technique, should I
    feel any air coming out of my mouth? I put my hand inches away from the
    lips and feel some air coming out, not a lot, but some. Should I feel
    no/some/a lot of air coming out? Thanks again! U the best!

  19. Rosannasfriend says:

    Best explanation of this ever !

  20. chris steffee says:

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  21. chris steffee says:

    I can not tell you how much your video series has helped me. Most youtube
    videos on singing are vague and boring. Your methods are concise and
    scientific. Best videos I have found period! Thank you for sharing your
    knowledge sir.

  22. Cameron Golinsky says:

    Ahoy! I recently discovered that I have been supporting my singing
    ineffectively for well…as long as I have been singing I suppose so I am
    wanting to get back to basics and sort this motha sucka out. I found that
    this “inhalation” idea helps with the onset of notes but if notes are
    quickly re articulated my throat starts getting constricted. Additionally,
    I am unsure how to change notes and registers with the concept without
    tightening my throat. I do what I normally do with exhaling and it feels
    forced on my vocal chords and my larynx gets all yoyo all up in this
    bizznitch…I imagine inhaling my voice and I feel like yogi bear slowly
    choking himself into an eternal slumber. I I enjoyed your larynx mixed voice
    get your life together video so I will practice that… but also using
    proper-non-stomach-forcing- diaphragmatic- support and imaging
    inhalation… it feels like an unstoppable object against an unmovable
    force via larynx. Needless to say, it is causing me to question all my life
    decisions and who I really am…as a person. Thanks for these little
    snippets of wisdom! I live in Taiwan and somethings with my teacher get
    lost in translation. Catch ya on the flip, gangsta.

  23. Justin Lee says:

    Hello Craig, thank you so much for these videos. I have tried using
    Inhalare La Voce and it has helped me comfortable reach and sustain single
    notes. I have realized that it is hard for me to sing a normal phrase just
    by using this technique and continuing to sing and I have breaks after
    every word. Is this supposed to happen? And you mentioned applying this
    technique to singing, but how exactly do you “apply” this to different
    degrees in singing? Thank you SO MUCH for these videos and I hope you can
    clarify my doubts!!

  24. Larry Justice says:

    Craig, thanks for the video. This looks to be an amazing technique. I know
    you said it’s taught in parts…do you have any exercises that focus on
    this technique?


  25. jerky2112 says:

    No one can sing and inhale at the same time. Sell me some snake oil

  26. jerky2112 says:

    If this is possible then people could sing a continuous note for hours.

  27. Zachary Finley says:

    Singing is totally absorbing and radically completely different from ordinary work-associated duties.

  28. Gage Russo says:

    After some apply and correct info you will be singing like a professional in a matter of days.

  29. Ryan Zavala says:

    They simply want to attempt it out and feel what it’s wish to be a well-known singer.

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