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Breathe right to speak and sing right
Hello again, I’m here and I’ve been thinkin’.
This evening I went to song practice and in my pickup I have my radio tuned to one particular station.
It’s KWBR 105.7 FM the place to go for smooth jazz in St. George, Utah.
Well, the announcer came on to give the station ID like I just did.
He’s got a greatt voice but at the end of each phrase he goes (air sucking noise) to get air.
I’m thinking, maybe he had a big supper so he doesn’t have room to push the diaphragm down to
get the right amount of air. Then each phrase he’d go (suck air sound) again, and then he’d
(suck air sound) to get air.
I know he had to go fast but I’m thinking, “why didn’t he use his nose to breath with?” “God put it
there for more than just separating your eyes. I mean he didn’t put it there just to decorate your
And if you need some extra air, and if you’re going really fast like I am, maybe you could stop
for a second and let the air go into yur nostrils.
Or you could open and just let the air go in, not suck it in, just let it go in.
And using the diaphragm kind of helps the control of the air that you do have and lets you get more.
So you don’t go (suck air) to get air each time you do that.
Singers do that sometimes too and right before a phrase they go (sucking sound). Some of them
are really bad. But if you listen to the really good professional speakers and singers, you never
hear their breathing. At all. They just breathe through their nose or they use their pauses to
get the air they need to have.
You know it doesn’t really sound good when you you’re doing that sucking of air between each
So, I’m thinking, you know, these guys are professionals aren’t they?
News casters are really bad this way. You listen to some news stations and they all are sucking
Now the weather guy or the weather girl they generally don’t do that because they are more in a
conversational type delivery than the people giving the news.
But still, you could do that..now there times that you do use a (sucking air sound) to get air, like
in the Pirates of Penzance, the song Modern Major General. Well this guy, some of them I’ve
heard don’t do any (air sucking sound) to get air but others after these long runs of talking, and
talking really fast, they do that ( sucking air sound) for dramatic effect not just to do it.
Because when you do that, it distracts fom what you are saying and people hear that
(air sucking sound).
So if you’re a professional and you’re trying to speak on the air or sing in front of a microphone,
I don’t think it’s to wise that you do that sucking of air. Better to learn how to use your nose,
that’s what God gave it to you for, learn how to use your diaphragm, it was given for a reason too,
maybe don’t eat so much right before you go to sing, so there’s more room for the diaphragm to
Maybe that’s why they say to stand up tall or sit up tall when you’re singing, that might be why,
then you’d have place for that diaphragm to be going so you don’t have to suck air in between
(in) each pause.
Well that’s what I’ve been thinking today.
See you next time.
Video posted to You Tube Feb. 29, 2012
has been viewed 301 times Has received 2 comments:
Dee Taylor 7 years ago
Hi Jay, I find this excellent advice…I’m always looking for tips on how to improve my singing
and speaking… haven’t been on the net to much lately, catching up now…keep these videos
coming Jay, they are priceless..dee
CajunGirlBee 7 years ago
YOU ARE SO RIGHT, JAY! THERE WAS A NEWS CASTER IN NEW ORLEANS A FEW
YEARS AGO, AND WHEN I THINK OF HER, I THINK HOW YOU HEARD EVERY BREATH
SHE TOOK…..MAKES SENSE! THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS FINDING WAYS TO HELP
SOMEONE! LOVE YA BUNCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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