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Why do I run out of air when singing or speaking?- Breathing technique (Voice Coach for Adults)

January 14, 2020


Hi, I am Lorna. And today I want to talk
to you about why you ran out of air when speaking or singing. My name is Lorna Earnshaw.
I’m a voice coach and I’ve already helped more than 60,000 people to speak
and to sing better through the internet and more than 350 students in my private
sessions for the past 15 years. I am also the author of the best-selling book on
Amazon “Speak Out!”. And today I want to talk to you about why you are running
out of air when speaking or singing. First of all, what is the importance of
breathing? If you don’t have a good breathing technique, you will run out of
air. Because when we’re speaking and when we’re singing, we’re asking a lot of our
breathing technique. So let’s think about this for a minute.
Let’s put it like this: if you’re only walking just a couple of steps per day,
you will not leave a lot of technique on how to do that, right? Maybe you’re just
walking to the grocery store from your car. Maybe you’re walking the door. But
what happens if you want to sudden start running? If you want to start practicing
running and jogging everyday. For sure you will have to pay more attention to
the way that you’re positioning your feet, to your knees. You will have to have
a better technique for that. The same thing happens when we’re speaking or
when we’re singing. So if I am in my computer and I’m breathing not perfectly,
if my breathing is shallow, it will not affect my work, when I’m working in the
computer. But what happens when I have to use my voice? I need to have a better
vocal technique. And the number one thing that you will notice when you don’t have
a good vocal technique is you’re going to run out of air, because your breathing
is not good enough, okay? When we talk the first thing that we
need is to have a solid air flow. We need to have that fuel, that power, that is
gonna drive the words that we’re speaking or the words that we’re singing.
And now I want you to do a test with me. It’s really fast and this is gonna give
us the first hint on what’s going on with your breathing. Ready? So I want you
to breathe in. And when you breathe in I want you to put a hand in your chest and
a hand in your belly. So you’re gonna breathe in, and then I want you to
realize if you’re lifting up your chest or if you’re lifting up your shoulders.
Okay? So let’s do it together. Breathe in. And breathe out. Breathe in. And breathe
out. Well, if you lift up your shoulders or your chest, I have some news for you:
you need to practice on your breathing when you’re trying to speak or sing. This
type of breathing in which you’re lifting up your chest or your shoulders, this is
called the chest breathing. This is a type of breathing that doesn’t work for
speaking. This might work for example for swimming,
for other types of exercises, but not for speaking and I will tell you why.
First of all, because when we use the chest breathing, what is happening is
that we are using a very small amount of air in our lungs. And that’s a reason why
we’re lifting it up. We’re doing this. There is a small amount of air that goes
into our lungs. And there is a lot of pressure in our shoulders against our
neck and against our larynx, okay? And the reason why we usually do this is because
we live in a way nowadays in which we are always in a hurry. We’re stressed out,
and we need to have this shallow breathing in which we’re always ready to
react if there is an emergency. So think about time, maybe when you get nervous,
and you will notice that you got a shallow breathing in which you got a
very small amount of air coming in and you were able to use this air faster,
okay? This works when you’re in a situation of stress, when you need to run
away from some danger, but this doesn’t work when we’re speaking. When we’re
speaking you need to use a fuller capacity of our lungs, we need to
use more air, a bigger quantity of air. So you’re gonna breathe in and you’re gonna
fill up your lungs. And then (breath out). When you fill up your lungs, you’re gonna get
more air. And this is going to help you to speak longer phrases, to say longer
phrases and to sing longer phrases. Makes sense, right? If I have more air in my
lungs, I will be able to stay speaking for a longer period of time. So this is
what we need to do: we need to breathe in and fill up the tank. What happens if you
go to the gas station and you just do two gallons of gas? You will have to go
back to get more gas, to keep on going, right? So this is why many times we we’re
speaking the phrase and then in the middle of the phrase, we need to stop and
we need to breathe in again, because we didn’t breathe enough. Or it might happen
that we are using too much air when we’re speaking. All of these things that
I’m telling you, that this might seem kind of complicated. Like you might be
thinking how am I going to fix this? Like I’ve never thought about this,
do I have to be thinking about this all the time? Well, this is when the
breathing technique and the vocal technique comes. And it’s so important.
Because with the breathing technique exercises, you will learn how to use the
right breathing technique and you will learn how to manage
the air that you have. So that you can do more with it, okay? Then you gonna be
working on how to create the right pressure of air, the right support of air.
And you will know how to manage the amount of air that comes into your body.
So that you stop using your chest breathing and instead you will start
using your abdominal breathing, which is when we breathe in, there comes air all
the way into our lungs pushing out the gut and creating. I wouldn’t say a belly
but it just comes out a little bit more. In the more sophisticated type of
breathing, which is the rib abdominal breathing, in which we’re gonna open up our lungs and our ribs, okay? They’re gonna open up like this. Both the abdominal breathing and the rib
abdominal breathing, our types of breathing that you can use when speaking
and singing. Of course the rib abdominal breathing is a little more sophisticated.
You will have to train a little bit more in order to do that. I have all this
information in many of my programs. You can check it out already inside my
website, in my social media, where I have all the details about these exercises.
But for now I want to answer your questions, and you can comment down here
in the section below. You can share. You can like. And you can
also let me know what are all the other topics that you want me to be creating
videos about .So thank you so much and I will see you the next time. Bye bye.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Jp Pedro May 24, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Bom dia Lorna, te acompanho ja a alguns anos e sempre tive vontade de cantar mas minha voz é horrivel, gostaria de saber como posso aprender com voce ! E quanto custa tudo direitinha, muito obrigado ! Voce manda muito bem ❤

  • Reply Jairo Dos Teclados May 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    TALENTOSA…

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