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Good breathing is designed to keep your throat relaxed: Speaking/ Singing without strain

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

If you struggle from strain or tightness in your throat when you sing or speak, try this simple but effective routine. Breath control tips for singers


Singing without strain, speaking without throat tightness
Simple exercises to highlight healthy breathing sensations during voice use

If you struggle with strain and tension while singing/speaking, both your inhale and exhale might be contributing to the problem.



Let's discuss your INHALE first

The core idea: A good inhale releases and relaxes the throat.

EXPERIMENT: Breathe with exaggerated shoulder movement, scrunch up your nose if you like and lock your stomach. Notice how that feels.


This kind of breathing will inevitably constrict your throat. The airway will narrow and cause RESTRICTION in not just your throat but your entire body.



CORRECTIVE EXERCISE:

Step 1: Sit perpendicular to the floor preferably on a flat & firm chair. Try not to sit TOO straight. Find your sit bones.


Step 2: Relax your abdomen and legs completely.


Step 3: Breathe deep into your abdomen and feel it expand seamlessly without any resistance.


A RELAXED INHALE WILL RELEASE AND OPEN YOUR THROAT.


YOU SHOULD FEEL MORE SPACE AT THE BACK OF YOUR THROAT AND A BIGGER EXPANSION IN YOUR RIBS.




Now onto the EXHALE:

The core idea: A good exhale while speaking or singing must gently activate the muscles of your core. (Breath support)


The Panting Exercise: Try panting like a dog and notice what the rest of your body is doing.


What sensations to look for?


Notice some expansion/activation in the following parts of your body. Place your hands on these parts for some sensory feedback.


Back

Sides

Lower Abdomen

Buttocks

Upper Chest


Developing the exercise:

Notice if you can feel similar sensations when you hum. It will be subtle but you can feel it nevertheless.


Also experiment with more open vowel sounds and try to feel similar sensations as the panting exercise.


Want to learn more deeply about your body's design and how to use it to get rid of tension and strain while singing?


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Singing without strain. Speaking without throat pain

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