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If you often say to yourself, ‘I run out of breath quickly when I sing songs’, I’m going to show you how to fix this problem.
Welcome to my channel, Learn To Sing Better, my name is Randy Rope.
In a moment I’m going to reveal how to not run out of breath quickly when you sing.
And if you stay with me all the way, I’m also going to reveal how to sing without hurting your throat so that you don’t have long-term throat damage.
When you watch your favorite singer performing live, they never run out of breathing.
They sing as if they could be on stage for hours and never run out of breathing.
But, when you sing less than halfway through your song, you feel like you’re about to pass out.
If you’re a new singer, this is completely normal when just starting out.
When you first start singing, you don’t realize how often you need to change how you breathe, so you breathe the way you always have.
This means you take shallow breaths into your chest and then outcomes your words.
You can see this for yourself if you watch yourself in the mirror.
Your chest and shoulders will rise when you inhale and this is what you do when you sing.
It gets more difficult when you don’t control the release of this air.
You simply let it rush out much faster than you should.
And, if you do try to control it, you try to control it in the wrong way.
If you’ve ever had a sore or tight throat/chest while you sing then you know what I mean.
So I’ve just outlined your problem, but how do you fix it?
The good news for you is that the problem is 100% fixable.
The bad news is that it will require focus and dedicated practice to correct the problem.
Most singers want to skip learning how to breathe correctly and focus on other aspects of singing.
However, breathing is so fundamental that if you don’t get it straight now, you end up having to correct it later.
In order to change the habit of shallow breathing, you must learn how to take in enough air and release it efficiently.
You want to practice this over and over and over again.
You’ll need to think about it every step of the way for a number of weeks until it becomes a new habit for you.
The first problem that causes you to run out of breathe is that you did not take in enough air to complete the singing phrase.
You want to start practicing proper diaphragmatic breathing instead of shallow breathing when you sing.
This will give you enough air to sing longer phrases and support staying on pitch.
There are some basic breathing exercises that will help you develop great breath control to support your singing.
A second reason why you run out of breath when singing is that sometimes you may sing with an overly ‘airy’ voice.
This is when your voice sounds like it’s wrapped around layers of air.
This makes your voice sound weaker and less solid than other singers.
When you sing with an ‘airy’ voice, it lets out more air than necessary.
This makes it difficult to have good breath control.
Your body uses a lot more air when you sing.
No matter how much air you take in, you will find it difficult to sing a long phrase.
You can solve this problem by making sure that you balance your breath with your voice.
This will not produce an overly ‘airy’ sound, nor an overly ‘tight’ or ‘solid’ sound.
An overly ‘solid’ sound may result in unnecessary vocal cord damage.
Lastly, another reason why you may find yourself out of breath when singing is that you may have forgotten to breathe regularly during the song.
Some singers are so engrossed with their singing that they forget to breathe.
This may happen at crucial points of the song when you need to hit a certain note.
This results in you not having enough air to follow good breath control for long or crucial phrases.
This is an easy problem to fix because you just need to know the crucial points in the song where you need to breathe.
A crucial point could be just before a long phrase or a before the part that requires you to project your voice or to sing a really high note.
This process of mapping out your song is called ‘phrasing’ the song.
This is where you mark out the breathing points in the song so that you can sing the phrases with proper power and expression.
Before I end, I want to touch on a very important part of your singing health.
Many singers experience a soar throat of irritation after singing, which can cause long-term vocal damage.
Avoid any yelling, screaming, or any extreme temperature changes, such as going from air conditioning to a hot temperature.
When you yell or scream, it’s like scratching your vocal cords with your fingernails.
Your throat needs moisture at all times, especially when singing.
Make sure that you Sip water all day long before you sing.
Keep a bottle of room temperature water with you at all times.
Your throat must be wet and moist in order to function correctly and avoid long-term damage.
Soft drinks and fruit juices are no substitute for water.
You also want to Warm-up your voice 10 to 15 minutes before you sing.
Proper warm-ups prepare your voice for singing.
It also helps to prevent damage to your vocal cords.