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The Great Breathing Debate (Singing Teachers)

22 replies, 5 voices Last updated by Eliza Jane Fyfe 4 years, 3 months ago
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    Kat Hunter

    We’ve talked about this on the facebook so I decided it was time to make it happen. These are some things I’d be interested to hear about from you guys, but feel free to wax lyrical and tangentialise where necessary :).

    1. Do you choose to teach breathing yes/no? Do you teach it for all students or only some?

    2. If/when you do teach breathing, what are your aims? And what is the perceived result in the student when these aims are achieved (physically, sonically, psychologically etc.)?

    3. How much time do you typically spend on breathing (per lesson or per student)? Do you see it as a pillar of technique that must be worked at repeatedly, or is it more “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?


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    Eliza Jane Fyfe
    Points: 122

    The diaphragm isn’t active during singing?! Oh my god. But that’s what I teach everyone, to feel the power from your belly… I can feel it right now as I sing!

    The out-breath focus is brilliant and I’m now really into fricatives 🙂 and yes I’ve seen this lovely gif already Matt, as I am now a bit of a Pocock Follower. What do you think you’ll name your fans?


    Kat Hunter
    Points: 5

    @Matt, thanks for the AWESOME explanation. And I’ll look out for you now I know you’re on the singing reddit too! Although now I see it, you’ve said SLS is “rubbish”. Pretty huge call there. As someone who teaches what is basically SLS technique, I’d love to see your justification for that one!

    Also, for clarification, if the diaphragm isn’t active during singing, then what would you say are the muscles used to create the slow controlled exhale used for singing? Or are you saying the resistance is all at the throat/mouth level?

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