Really, we mean NO PRESSURE.
To experience the phenomenon of NO PRESSURE in your body yourself, try these steps in a morning routine. When you do it every day for a month your diaphragm will grow stronger:
- Lie down with pillows under your head and knees – placing one hand on your lower abdomen and one hand on your upper chest. Make sure that your chest and abdomen are completely relaxed.
- Breathe through your open mouth – 10-20 breaths and notice that there is no tension in chest and abdomen restricting your organic breathing pattern.
- For 5 breaths, use your exhale to passively produce a “la la la” sound.
- Do the exercise again, breathe for 10-20, and la la la for 5-10. Then, get out of bed and go to work!
Notice that when you do this practice you do not have to consciously push air out – it is a reflexive, organic behavior. Transferring this behavior to your students’ singing will result in a quicker development with less tension. Viola! Hurry up and calm down!
Steven Flam has perfected the training of your diaphragm for vocal power.
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