Student Q & A

Why do I keep running out of air when I sing?

Answer: Generally speaking, one of the following scenarios happen when singers run out of air when singing: first, not inhaling enough air to begin with; second, depending on the amount of physical activity or the heart rate, a singer might exhale too quickly; and third and most commonly, poor management of breath. In any case, breathing exercises will help you to spend your air efficiently no matter the circumstances.

How do breathing exercises help with my range?

Answer: Balanced subglottic pressure crucial to the speed of vocal fold vibrations and the coordination needed to transition between vocal registers, which is what range is all about.

How can I get better at singing and dancing at the same time?

Answer: Extensive physical activity or even just a change of posture while singing will cause your instrument to use more oxygen. Doing physical activities such as stretching and cardio while vocalizing or even rehearsing songs will help to improve the coordination of your instrument and management of breath.

Why can’t I hold out a long note?

Answer: Sustaining long notes requires a fair amount of air and vocal stability. Vocal exercises that target breathing will help you manage your air effectively in order to sing long notes at various volumes.

How do I “sing from the diaphragm”?

Answer: The diaphragm’s main function is drawing air into the body during the inhalation process, but it also acts in an antagonistic relationship with your exhalation muscles when exhaling (singing), assisting in your ability to spend air intentionally. This coordination to spend your air intentionally and with ease is what the term “singing from the diaphragm” refers to, and you can develop it by doing breathing based exercises, always making sure that you follow the Guidelines.