Welcome to omegabone.com. There are three systems that function together to make up the voice. In this video I’ll be discussing breath production. Thank you for joining me.
How do the lungs work? They pull in air and they push it back out. They pull in air and they push it back out. But they don’t do that by themselves, they also use the ribcage, the muscles in between each rib. They use the abdominal muscles and they use the diaphragm which sits above the stomach. Now, you don’t actually manipulate the diaphragm. You actually manipulate the intercostal muscles in between each rib and the abdominal muscles, and those help to make the diaphragm relax and contract. And when it’s relaxed, it’s actually up, and when it contracts it flattens out and this helps with the suction of air into the lungs and expelling, pushing the air out of the lungs. And when it’s contracting your stomach moves out of the way because it’s pushing, if this is your stomach it pushes your stomach out.
For this video I’d like you to do three exercises. The first is standing with your knees slightly bent with your body bent over and your arms hanging above your head. I want you to concentrate on your ribcage and I want you to feel a sense of openness. I want you to let your ribcage fall open, as if you have an umbrella inside your body lifting up your ribcage, giving you space. Take in a deep breath.
Next I’d like you to lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat. This is to move your behind out of the way and to allow your shoulders to line up properly with your back. They should be flush with the floor. This raises your sternum and keeps your shoulders from moving so that you’re not breathing like this. [Breathing] That’s wasted energy. I want you to remember what it felt like when you were bent over and you had all that space with your ribcage. I want you to feel the energy coming from your legs to help you breathe, because when you’re standing you’re going to need to pull the energy from your feet, from your legs, from all the parts of your body so that you can support your tone.
For the last exercise I’d like you to stand all the way upright with your hands above your head with one sheet of paper. I don’t want the paper like this, I want the paper like this. And I want you to remember what your shoulders felt like and your ribcage lifted, and take in that deep breath. [Breathes] Don’t let this collapse. I want you to pull the energy from your legs and I want you to breathe. [Breathes]
Now, if you practice this, this allows you to be more aware and more conscious of your body, because you’ll feel your shoulders, you’ll feel the muscles in your shoulders, you’ll feel things that you might not have ever, you know, paid any attention to before. And these are the things that are going to help you take in all the breath you need to hit those high notes, to hit those low notes, to dance and sing at the same time. Breath is the key to all of that.
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