Manning's Big Singing Lie #4
Big Lie #4 -
You will need special instruction to
learn how to breathe correctly for singing.
You were born breathing correctly.
You've continued to breathe. You breathe in, and speak
easily on a regular basis. YOU KNOW HOW TO BREATHE
If you feel you are breathing ineffectively for singing,
find a baby and watch them breathe. They are doing it just like
it needs to be done for singing.
In fact, I can tell you how to check yourself, right now.
Find a comfy spot on the carpet and lie down with your back
against the floor. Now, just breathe normally in a relaxed
manner. Feel your stomach with your hand as you breathe.
Do you feel how your abdomen rises and falls with each
breath? That's how it was designed to work. As you breathe in,
your abdomen moves outward.
Now, do some singers breathe poorly for singing? Yes! But
it's not because they've missed out on any special
instructions. It's because they are trying some strange way of
breathing only when they sing. Or maybe they are getting
nervous and trying TOO HARD. Or, they are thinking more about
breathing than about singing!
I personally have noticed myself getting short of breath in the
middle of singing or speaking in public. At that point, I
realize I've been holding my stomach in so I won't look
So if you can get your mind off of breathing (or looking thin)
and get back to singing, your breath will normally regulate
The only thing I say is this: If you notice that you are
holding your stomach in while breathing, just let it hang out.
If your chest is rising when you breath in, then you're
probably holding your stomach in.
So stop doing that and you've got your breathing back to
"baby normal," which is what you want for singing. In my humble
opinion, that's about all the "studying" you need to do about
Much of classical training in the area of breathing is built
on the strange assumption that your breath should regulate your
tone production. But our method teaches that a singer should
concentrate on tone production and allow that to regulate their
If that paragraph is confusing, it's not worth laboring
Just remember that if you are making your vocal cords come
together and produce a pleasing tone, your lungs and
"diaphragm" will deliver just the right amount of air! Work on
the tone, the breath will take care of itself.
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PS- Next time, I'll talk about the big lie about "falsetto"
(That mushy tone
people flip into when they reach their break.)
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Manning's singing lie 1 - about how to sing properly
Manning's singing lie 2 - about classical singing
singing lie 3 - about vocal range
Manning's singing lie 4 - about breathing correctly for
singing lie 5 - about falsetto to sing high
Manning's singing lie 6 - about natural singing
Manning's singing lie 7 - about the muscles used for
Manning's singing lie 8 - about singing being pure
Manning's singing lie 9 - about singing power
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