How to Sing with Support / Free Vocal Lesson / Diaphragm

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“Passive / Natural Breath Support and Active Breath Support”.

In this vocal lesson tip, I talk about the differences in breath support for singing from chest or your low vocal range into head resonance or the high notes in vocal range.

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27 thoughts on “How to Sing with Support / Free Vocal Lesson / Diaphragm”

  1. Sorry, I have no technique whatsoever, and just found your videos, so I
    don’t really know what you mean “support…” Is that when your squeeze your
    stomach to push on the diaphragm?

  2. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I am very happy that people are
    enjoying the free tips I offer here on YouTube and keep coming back for
    more. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel folks!

  3. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    I’m not familiar with him, but I’ll give him a listen. This series is going
    to deal more with iconic singers 99% of Rock/Pop?Metal music fans will
    know, but if I get enough requests for a certain non-icon I’ll definitely
    do a video on them..

  4. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    “Support” is the process of using the muscles of the sides and back in
    concert with your diaphragm to send compressed air at the vocal folds to
    create a solid, clean tone. You NEVER squeeze your stomach muscles as they
    have nothing to do with support. In fact, tensing the stomach muscles will
    interfere with the action of the diaphragm. The stomach must remain
    flexible, not locked.

  5. So,I’ve been wondering few things about my voice,so I’ll just post here if
    you don’t mind.When using head voice I’m still able to sing some stuff
    around E5-F5 max.G5 would be just plain note and forced on some
    occasions.Do you have some exercises for expanding range even higher and
    getting more control on high notes? Also when I would sing really light and
    quietly I would get to A#5,B5 does that mean I can hit those notes,but that
    I don’t use right technique or? Thanks alot,keep up the good job!

  6. Thank you for replying :] Can you say more about the side and back muscles?
    I’ve watched every one of your videos now and from that alone I sound much
    better now; what are the side and back muscles though?

  7. A very interesting lesson. I loved how you shown a wrong approach (I miss
    things like this on Breaking the Chains). We all make similar mistakes and
    it’s a great way to identify them.

  8. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    I could have made “BTC” five CDs of just demonstrations of every wrong way
    to sing things. The point was to show just the right way. Hopefully people
    would be open minded enough to forgo what they’ve been doing and try what I
    demonstrate.

  9. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    My question back would be “how do all the notes below E5 sound? are they
    stable, solid and in control?” High notes are fine but they are 1% off all
    singing. Its icing on the cake. You have to have a solid foundation in all
    your low and middle ranges first to have a solid and stable upper range.

  10. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    when you breathe in deeply you should feel the sides and back muscles
    expand outward. You should feel a natural tendency to release from that
    same area. An easy way to feel the waistline expand on breathing: sit in a
    chair, lean far forward so your elbows rest on your thighs. Now breathe in.
    You should feel an expansion around your waist from the sides to the back.
    That is where “support” comes from.

  11. Pretty relaxed actaully and I’m using pharyngeal tone for singing those
    notes more easily.I’m naturally a baritone,and my vocal teacher said when
    just doing exercises on piano I do have range of 4 octaves( C1-C#1
    lowest,F5 highest note ) but when it comes to singing,well not so
    much,about 3 maybe,’cause I don’t have that kind of control,especialy on
    tenor notes F4,G4,B4 I try to do them in kind of light head voice tone,but
    usually just end up doing falsetto if not I would shout them.Thanks!

  12. Hello I am a subscriber of your channel, thanks to you I’ve learned a lot.
    I have a question about vocal range consistency, particularly in the lower
    part of my voice. I am a male tenor, sometimes I can reach g2 note
    effortlessly but sometimes it is difficult. Do you have any idea what cause
    this and how can I maintain the consistency better?

  13. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    Low notes take more support than any other part of one’s range. The vocal
    folds are so slack and the glottis opening so large (comparative size) that
    it needs a lot more air to vibrate the folds to create sound. The only way
    to improve the stability of lower notes is to sing/phonate them over and
    over using a lot of targeted support.

  14. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    Look at my channel – this is but ONE video I have on breath support. try my
    playlist of videos on breath support:
    playlistt?list=PLNvaKcRmv_1SNiJEWsrsjdQDW6-sa4xtf

  15. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    Look at my channel – this is but ONE video I have on breath support. try my
    playlist of videos on breath support:
    playlistt?list=PLNvaKcRmv_1SNiJEWsrsjdQDW6-sa4xtf

  16. Kevin Richards Rock the Stage NYC

    +4everMJG – I actually do when I talk about “active” support – that is when
    you are compressing or squeezing the core area around your waist.

  17. Whilst it’s true to say that the lines often blur between the two, Singing Lessons often deal with the fundamentals of voice and singing, whereas Vocal Coaching tends to apply more to established artists who are looking for help/guidance with their repertoire.

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