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The ‘D-Word’ ?

This week we’re exploring the fascinating world of breath control, and the controversial ‘D-word’ (Diaphragm).

The role of the Diaphragm in singing has always sparked a great deal of debate and controversy from voice teachers and singers alike. I’m sure that many of us, during our vocal journey, have been told to sing/breathe from the diaphragm. But what does this actually mean? More importantly is it physically possible? This week at Voice Council we’d like to hear about your approach to breath control in singing and how the diaphragm fits in with that.

So the question is: I’m sure that many of us have often been advised to sing/breathe from the diaphragm. But what does this actually mean, and more importantly is it physically possible?  

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Great Comments from last week:

Last week Craig asked: With two days to go before a big gig your voice completely goes, what do you do to coerce it back to life?

Dave Tool posted…

“If the vocal folds are inflamed the best thing for them is rest, rest, and more rest. I’m referring to both vocal rest and more importantly getting plenty of sleep every night! The only other thing that works is steam. Teas, lozenges, & throat sprays don’t touch the vocal folds”.

Freya Astrella commented…

“Steam and rest. No caffeine as its drying, no menthol, its also drying. The majority of over the counter medicines, whether herbal or not are designed to dry you out. Anything you ingest besides water will not help your vocal folds out! Honey and lemon is more holistic than anything and vocal zones are an absolute con! The research is out there to reiterate all of this. Educate yourselves for the sake of your careers”!

Jenny Norman responded…

“Silence. Licorice root tea (you can get dried licorice root from health food shops and Tiger). Honey into warm water (will reduce throat swelling). Work with a sound ‘ng’ on the night of your gig to get you mixed as loud and full as possible’.

Thanks for all your insightful comments this week guys. It seems overall that water; steam and sleep are the most effective combination when nursing an injured voice back to life. Don’t forget to tune in for next week’s Q&A.