Diaphragm and Voice Control: How it helps to improve Performance

Diaphragm and Voice Control: How To Control Your Breathing to Improve Performance


The diaphragm is one of the key muscles of respiration. In singing and speaking, it’s important for producing different pitches and tones, as well as for volume and resonance. Because if you don’t use diaphragm as a support for your voice, you will use other parts of your body to ‘support’, e.g. throat, neck, facial muscles, etc and these affect how relaxed your voice sounds.
To produce a pitch or tone, air needs to move up and down to pass through our vocal cords as our voice is a wind instrument. And the diaphragm is crucial for this process. Control of breathing also affects how well you can produce a voice. If you want to be able to control your breathing and perform at your best, this article will show you how.


What Is Diaphragmatic Breathing?

The diaphragm is a muscle that covers the bottom part of the chest and abdomen. It’s attached to the ribs and the spine, and it helps expand and contract the lungs. When you breathe, the diaphragm moves down, stretching the lungs and filling them with air. When you breathe out, the muscle relaxes, and the lungs empty out.

How to Practice Diaphragmatic Breath

To practice diaphragmatic breathing, first lie down and close your eyes. Then, take a few slow, easy breaths, expanding your abdomen with the inhale. When you exhale, relax your abdomen and let the air leave your lungs. There are many ways to do this, but the most important thing is to focus on relaxing your abdominals and observe how it moves, externally and internally.


How To Control Your Breathing for Singing and Speech

In order to control your breathing, you need to be aware of it. You can’t control something if you don’t even realize it’s happening. At Hark Music School, we have curated many common postures, activities that naturally promotes diaphragmatic breathing! Because in fact – all of use are born breathing diaphragmatically! With these postures/activities, in no time – you will be conditioned to breathe better and deeper!


Learning D.A.R.™ Breath Support System with Hark Music

Over the span of 2 decades, we have devised the D.A.R.™ Breath support which provides voice stability to your singing and speaking in the shortest time possible.
D stands for Diaphragm, A stands for Lower Abdominals, R stands of Resonance.

With our complete learning package, you have the full digital support to visualise, understand and practice alongside with our video practice tracks!

Wants to learn diaphragmatic breathing with us to improve your voice and well-being?

Take a trial class with us and I am sure you will be in awe how fast you can achieve it.

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