Breathing is something that we, as humans, do without thinking about it. Then, someone like me starts talking about it, and then we start thinking about it, and it’s suddenly as though we were sick the day they taught breathing in school and now every breath is a pop quiz and we’re faking it and probably naked in front of the whole class.
No? Too far? Ok. Point is, it’s harder than you think. Listen, I work with some of the best professional singers, and it is EXTREMELY rare that a student starts with me knowing how to breathe properly when singing from day one.
If you have kids or know anyone who has kids, I want you to observe something the next time you’re around them. If you happen to see them when they’re sleeping, watch the body move as the child is breathing. Why? Because THAT is proper breath in its purest form. Then, when that same exact kid gets up from a nap, ask her to show you what it looks like to take in a big breath. Watch how completely different that kid takes a breath when awake and thinking about it. Just for fun, try the same exercise with an adult because the exact same thing will happen.
Let’s get to breathing!