Breathing - Remember, we have to relearn the way we breath. Imagine that you are filling an imaginary air tube around your belly( or a balloon)– then, breath in deeply through your mouth( without raising your chest) and fill up the “balloon” with air!! Hold it and slowly let it out, remembering not to blow out too quickly for the candle will be blown out
Relax the jaw , the neck , and the body in general.
Good posture - if your slouching, the air and sound will be affected.
When learning to sing, it is very important to know the use of the diaphragm.
Imagine that you are filling your lower abdomen with air, ( A glass, air tube, balloon, whatever vision works for you) and HOLD IT ! It shouldn’t be too much of a forced hold, but you are holding the breath to some degree for if not the air would just come out immediately. The muscle that is helping you hold the breath is called the diaphragm , which is just below your lungs.
Here is some information about the diaphragm… the picture says that the chest expands, yes it does…but don’t raise it like a turkey
Take 10 long and deep breaths. Do the process of inhaling, holding and releasing. Remember this can be very relaxing and meditative… so just enjoy it
The Hiss- Take a big breath and hiss like a snake--- if you can, count how long you can hold the breath sustained. Practice sustaining your breath for as long as you can. Give yourself the goal of holding it longer everyday, for example, today 15 seconds and tomorrow 20.
Never forget to just close your eyes and just feel the music in your body… Remember half of the time our minds are too busy judging ourselves and we miss out on the REAL fun which is this beautiful art!!
Try to just enjoy and listen very carefully to how the pitches sound, how you sound…and begin to discover the beauty of your voice! No one else in the world has it… this is something very special!