Master Your Breath in 10 Minutes a Day | Vocal Lessons

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Hi I’m Cari Cole. I’m a celebrity vocal coach and artist development expert. And I help artist find their voice, craft their music, and create successful music careers. I’ve worked with Donald Fagen from Steely Dan, Courtney Love from Hole, I’ve worked with the band Journey. I’m going to teach you how to be a better singer and performer

Hey, guys, I’m going to give you an exercise right now to master your breath in just ten minutes a day. Singing really has so much to do with the power of the breath. It’s about controlling the breath. It’s not about pushing the air out; it’s about letting the air ring inside the mouth, and inside the resonating cavities. So getting control of the breath makes a huge difference. How you’re going to do that, I’m going to teach you this breathing exercise, and you can do it in the morning for five minutes, and in the evening for five minutes before you go to bed.
So this exercise has to do with slowing the breath down in order to get control of it. I want you to sit in a comfortable chair. You can also lie down and do this exercise. If you’re lying down, put your knees up and your feet flat on the floor. If you are sitting, just sit comfortably, put one hand on your belly and you can also put one hand on your ribcage. I’m going to have you blow the air out, and then you are going to inhale for ten counts. You’re going to inhale slowly like this: One-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten. And as you do that, if you notice, the middle of my stomach and my ribcage are slowly expanding, slowly expanding. So you don’t want to fill too quickly. You want to slowly expand like you’re blowing up a balloon inside your body. And then you’re going to exhale with a hiss Ssssss — for 15 counts.

So your goal is to be able to do do ten of these back-to-back comfortably. And when you can do that, you’re on your way to mastering your breath. So let’s give it a try.

So, hand on your ribcage, hand on your belly; you can be sitting or lying on the floor, blowing the air out gently. Inhaling slowly: one-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight-nine-ten, and exhaling: Ssssssssssssssss six-seven-eight-nine-ten. Keep going 11-12-13-14-15 and relax.

Okay, let’s try that again, and what I want you to do this time, is when you wrap that breath around and you come to that next inhale, I don’t want you to gasp the air in. Because some of you will really feel like you’re out of breath at 15 counts, but the goal of this exercise is to smooth it all out. So if you are pushing that air out too quickly on that exhale, you’re going to feel like you want to gasp the air in, but that’s not how to work the exercise. How to work the exercise is to actually don’t push out so much air. Be comfortably exhaled so that you can inhale more easily. So when you come around to that inhale, I want you to take that inhale in very slow. That’s how you start to control the breath.

So the way to do this exercise is to do it ten repetitions in a row. And I recommend doing it in the morning, when you first wake up. It energizes your body and gets you kind of focused. And at the same time, your are mastering your breath and controlling your breath. And I also recommend it at the end of the day, before you go to bed, a nice way to drift off to sleep.

42 thoughts on “Master Your Breath in 10 Minutes a Day | Vocal Lessons”

  1. When I was young in singing class about 24 years ago at the age of 11, a
    teacher taught me another way to determine you’re inhaling and exhaling
    correctly and to master my breath is to use my hand to hold the paper
    against the wall when inhaling and let go the hand when exhale, blowing air
    onto the piece of paper softly to make the paper becomes attach to the wall
    and controlling it making it stick longer. Is one of the hardest exercise
    I’ve done. I still couldn’t master it till this day. But when my teacher
    did the demonstration at the time, he did it like a piece of cake. lol


    Hello Dear,
    I want to ask that should we hold our breath in stomach while singing?
    I did it but it’s giving strain on high notes.
    Should I leave stomach free or hold it? 

  3. This suggestion borrowed from opera (Farinelli) is time bound. You must
    become a master of singers breathing vs. speakers breathing. When you have
    it, no one can take it from you but you. :)

  4. I want to get better on singing i sing all day but nothings happen,
    breathing is so hard for me , its so awkward in school i play guitar and i
    dont sing all my classmate are singing except me im to shy to sing.
    Somebody tell me to learn to sing cause my talent in guitar is too far on
    my singing . Sorry for poor english. Thanks a lot Guru

  5. I tried this, and it felt good for about the first 6 counts, but then as I
    continued my chest and lungs started to hurt a lot and I couldn’t take in
    any more air without breathing through my chest, I was wondering why this
    is happening.

  6. hey ,if anyone else needs to find out about how to sing really good try
    Megarno Super Singer Magician(should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard
    some unbelievable things about it and my co-worker got great success with

  7. I can breath well when doing exercises but when actually singing I have a
    hard time to actually use the breath/air properly. always seem to “run
    out”. any advice ?

  8. interesting points ,if anyone else wants to learn about learn how to sing
    really well try Jaffacter Super Singer Coach(just google it ) ? Ive heard
    some great things about it and my m8 got great results with it.

  9. Thanks a bunch for the video; now I really feel like I’ve found a good
    technique to master my breathing while singing! Thing is after doing 10
    breaths like she said I feel kinda light-headed and sweaty. Oh well…

  10. Prince Adhikari

    hi everyone ,if anyone else wants to learn about how to sing like a pro try
    Alkarno Quick Singer Alchemist (just google it ) ? Ive heard some great
    things about it and my colleague got great
    success with it.

  11. cherilynlovescats

    I just had my first vocal lesson with a professional vocal coach. This was
    the first exercise my coach taught me. Lol. Good to know I’m getting the
    right advice.

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