You’ve probably heard a hundred times that you should sing from your diaphragm. But, what the heck does sing from your diaphragm mean? That’s a good question, and if you stick around read this article, around I’ll answer if for you.
Where Is the Diaphragm?
First of all, the diaphragm is located directly underneath your lungs. It is a muscle, and its main function is to help you breathe. The diaphragm starts at your rib base as it separates your lung from the intestines. When you take a breath, the diaphragm goes down and will compress your stomach, which in turn makes space for needed air. When you exhale (breath out), your diaphragm will go up, and the bottom of your lungs will compress and work to squeeze out air.
Why Should It Matter?
Breath control is an essential skill that you must learn if you want to learn how to sing. In fact, most professional singers and teachers feel that breath control is the MOST import skill that you can learn. Therefore, to answer the question learning to control your diaphragm will help your breath efficiently as it give your body consistent and steady airflow.
Basically, by singing from your diaphragm, you’ll be able to learn how to both broaden your singing pitch and increase your singing volume. Singing from your diaphragm gives you control over how much air will exit your mouth. And if you breath from your chest, without using the diaphragm, your vocal chords will be forced to control the amount of breath that leaves your body.
How Do I Do It?
There are many exercises that will help your breath from your diaphragm. Many of them are very helpful. But, this below exercise is a great start as is it is simple to do and doesn’t require any expensive equipment.
Go to a mirror or on the edge of a chair or bed and sit up with your hands parallel with your middle finger’s tips touching.
Inhale without moving either your upper chest or shoulders. You need to concentrate on filling your stomach with air. The breathing should not be forced or rushed. If you are doing it correctly, you will notice that your middle fingers will part. Also, you will feel your abdomen, sides and back expanding.
You need to exhale in a deliberate and controlled manner. If you have a problem doing this try to hiss like a python. In doing this, you’ll be less likely to blow all the air out at once. Also, Strive to save as much air as you can when you are exhaling. When you’re finished, your middle fingers will be touching.
Rinse and Repeat
Learning this skill will take time. But, in the end it will be worthwhile as you’ll be one step closer to significantly improving your singing voice.