Singing Lessons – Lesson 2 (Breath)

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Lesson 2 Content:
00:00 2.0 – Introduction
03:07 2.1 – Myth Bust #1
2.2 – The Benefits of Breathing ‘Low’
2.3 – Inhalation Technique
2.4 – Myth Bust #2
2.5 – Lower Rib Cage Expansion
2.6 – Middle Back Expansion
2.7 – Full 360* Expansion
2.8 – ‘5 Seconds’ Exercise (Intro)
2.9 – ‘5 Seconds’ Exercise
2.10 – Breath Control (Intro)
2.11 – Rib Suspension Exercise
2.12 – Abdominal Engagement Exercise
2.13 – Abdominal Control Exercise
2.14 – Vocal Dynamics Exercise
2.15 – The Snap Breath (Application in Song)
2.16 – ‘Amazing Grace’ (Application in Song)
2.17 – Conclusion

Enjoy!!

42 thoughts on “Singing Lessons – Lesson 2 (Breath)”

  1. Actually I am new to the singing world. My dream was to be a performer. But
    I didn’t get an opportunity to take singing classes. Will I be able to sing
    properly if I take this class? I am curious because I am a beginner here.
    But I am good at bathroom singing :-p What say guys??

  2. TobyEllisSongwriter

    6:55 – Rae says something like “canicular balance”, what does she actually
    say and what is it? I’ve searched all kinds of spelling of it into google
    and all i get is things about dogs or mucous haha. Thanks !

  3. Hi Rae, I have a question. I am confused as to the very last lesson on
    abdominal contraction. I don’t feel like my lower abdominal muscles tighten
    as I am singing. I felt it in the hissing exercise, but not in the actual
    singing exercise. How do I connect the two? I literally don’t feel any
    pressure in the lower stomach when trying to sing the simple “ahhh” note,
    even at different volumes. Please help, thank you so much. You are a really
    amazing teacher and a lovely person.

  4. wonderfull Rae, thank you so much for your lessons, you are amazing!!! a
    program like this never you can find it freely or in youtube, thank you so
    much for your time and energy.
    i never learned how to sing, i have a natural opera voice, in 10 days i’ll
    performe in some sort of a party, i will sing Ave maria “shubrert” my
    problem that i loose the air, because i never know how to breath from the
    cheast, my question is if i train my self with this lesson in how much days
    i will have a result ? do you have some advises to tell me ? thank you so
    much

  5. perfect .but i am confused about the contraction of lower abdomen .. i ‘ ll
    hold my breath when i move lower abdomen in .. i will get stiff . what’s
    the main problem 

  6. You are great, Rae!!! Thank you for your videos !!!
    let me ask you : should we use same breath also for speaking?

  7. hello my name is summer and I love to sing and I was watching ur videos and
    I was hoping we can talk like add me on Facebook I sing everyday and
    everywhere I wanna be a famous singer and was wondering maybe u can help me
    my Facebook is summer posnansky

  8. Beatriz Oliveira Prada

    Hi Rae, I’ve discovered your channel some hours ago and I already feel the
    urge to let you know how thankful I am! Not only you’re a great performer,
    you’re also an amazing teacher. I’ve watched so many videos about singing
    techniques and yours are definitely the best I’ve seen so far. Your lessons
    are so rich, full of details, great exercises and tips. And your way of
    explaining all of this makes it easier to understand. I’d really like to
    meet you just to say “Thank you” for your kindness 😀
    I’ll definitely keep on training and watching your videos :)

  9. oh my it will be quite a challenge to keep the ribs suspended while singing
    without getting tense! hopefully these exercises will make it natural! I am
    going to do this everrrry day!

  10. omg I am keeping my ribs suspended while doing scales, and I am already
    noticing a difference! Thanks so much!

  11. I find that when I keep my ribs suspended at the maximum level, I can’t
    sing comfortably, and its straining. I think I will suspend them just
    slightly, not extremely.

  12. Hi! It’s the first time i do singing exercises and i wonder if it’s ok for
    my abdominal muscles to hurt or am i doing something wrong?

  13. It’s quite difficult..!! 🙁
    m able to do that normal exercises….!! Bt m not able to do BREATHE
    CONTROL EXERCISE… just like RIB SUSPENSION EXERCISE.. 🙁 Bt yeah… Ur
    explanation is Great teacher.. 😀 hats off to you.. :)

  14. Anyway, still watching it!
    But I think i’m doing something badly with the low breathing… I feel how
    my belly rises when inhaling, and goes down when exhaling but, I don’t have
    any lower rib cage expansion! As a fact, if it helps, I dont reach maximum
    capacity when fully lower breathing. I can inhale a little bit more doing
    it normally. Any ideas? Am I doing something wrong?

  15. Kayanna ottaway (My Autobiography in Song)

    I HAVE BEEN WORKING OFF AND ON WITH BREATHING EXERCISES AND I STILL AM
    HAVING A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH THE ACTUAL INHALE. ONCE THE AIR IS IN I AM
    FINE AND CAN DO EVERYTHING BUT I CANT GET MY THROAT ( FRONT) MUSCLES TO
    RELAX ENOUGH TO MAKE AN EASY INHALE. I AM NOT SURE IF I AM EXPANDING ENOUGH
    IN THE OTHER AREAS ITS REALLY HARD. THERE ANY TIPS FOR THIS. I AM REALLY
    TRYING TO BECOME BETTER AT SINGING AND I ONLY HAVE ACCESS TO VIDEOS NOT
    VOCAL COACHES SO I AM HOPING I CAN FIND SOME ADVICE BECAUSE I AM JUST
    FRUSTRATED WITH THIS TIGHTNESS

  16. Aditya Jadhwani

    I am a total beginner….how much time & practice should I give for each
    lesson ps. I am an asthma patient are these breathing exercises my cup of
    tea?

  17. wow! didn’t realize i could expand my lower rib cage to take in breathe.
    also, i never understood the diaphragm muscle. Amazing. Thanks Rae. I’m
    starting to get hooked…

  18. Stella Paschopoulou

    Hi .Thanks for the video.My question is which is the right to breath from
    the nose or the mouth while we sing?

  19. I was really enjoying your videos.. then commercials started popping up..
    and I see you have a marked spot every few minutes for new commercials…
    so I guess I’ll just have to finish the lessons in the astral plane. Nobody
    is allowed to advertise crap I don’t need there. ;-)

  20. Sylvan De La Cruz

    This lesson is amazing. It’s a total work out. I want to work on this a
    lot, because even though I ride a bicycle, I feel that I don’t breath
    properly for singing, and it makes me feel short and out of breath. Thank
    you for these important tips and exercises!

  21. music is in my blood but not in my throat I weep sometimes that my throat
    is not made for singing . you are my first music teacher uh are my last
    hope ma’am …
    I took last lesson this Is my second thank you
    thank you so much Angel !

  22. Rae, you are an awesome teacher, keep it up. I love your sense of style,
    quite similar to mine lol. As we hold breath after inhaling, should our
    mouths be slightly open?

  23. Ravindra Samarakone

    God bless you Rae Its a wonderful lesson so well expressed and you are a
    natural trainer that puts so much passion into what you do, By the way your
    voice is as good as any great singer. Thanks so-o-o-o- much for providing
    such a great way to learn. I have one question- I sing at different
    occasions with musicians backing up but have always come up with a problem
    of starting a song at a higher tone than most people can follow. How do I
    approach this and whats the reason for this.

  24. Wow what a brilliant teacher she really understands how to explain to
    average person. Thanks so much.

  25. Ane Cerqueira

    After wanting for ages to become a better singer I found Bens Singer Blog
    and this appears to be the simplest home study course (google it if you are
    interested)

  26. Confidence is vital for good singing, and the shortest way to get confident about your singing is to see proof that you sing in tune.

  27. Emmanuel Terrell

    If you like to sing on a regular basis, simply hold doing it, but make sure you preserve practicing your new strategies.

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