Breathing For Singers | Honest Vocal Coach | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Belly Breathing

    • 3. Inhale Exhale

    • 4. Counting Exercise 'Exhale'

    • 5. Counting Exercise 'S'

    • 6. Counting Exercise 'Z'

    • 7. Outro

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels
  • Beg/Int level
  • Int/Adv level

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

In the class you will learn how to control your breathing. Understanding your lung capacity, engage your diaphragm and sing better. Giving the confidence to belt out any song. 

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Honest Vocal Coach

Video Creator, Vocal Coach


I am the honest vocal coach! I have been teaching for 17 years and been singing since I was 16. I teach from my own studio and also teach via Skype. I specialise in teaching children, and teenagers pop and musical theatre although I am trained in all genres of music. I have studied every voice technique there is, including Speech Level Singing, Estill, Bel Canto, Robert Lunte, London College of Music, ABRSM, Ria Keen, Kim Chandler, Stevie Van Lange and many more. I have been around!


See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • Exceeded!
  • Yes
  • Somewhat
  • Not really
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. Introduction : Hey, my name is George and I'm the honest broker coach. I've been teaching for 18 years. I've worked with children, teenagers, adults, pop, musical theatre begin as intermediate, advanced. All different genres of music and different techniques. I've been able to work with so many different coaches as well, learning from them, getting more knowledge. So what I've done is I've created a many costs all about breathing forcing is how to understand your lung capacity, how to use your diaphragm properly, and how to control the breath. This course is entirely for free. And I do have a full cause if you want to take the full cost, but he's got everything in it from range and pitch, place men and all the rest of it enjoy the cause. 2. Belly Breathing: So first of all, the way I like to explain breathing technique for singing is baby belly. Breathe in. Yet sounds a bit weird, doesn't book what we abolished. If you look at a baby in a car, you will see that it's barely moves up and down, deep and slow. And that's how we're supposed to rave. But as we age, we get a bit lazy, you know, stopband a car wheel. We sat at a desk all day. I would not necessarily as active as we should pay. And unfortunately, I'll breath control sofas. We can't be lazy and our breathing can change. So what tends to happen is that from the lower part of the lungs instead of it being a full breath from the diaphragm. Oh, it tends to be a shallow breath from ma hai opened the chest and it lifts up the Shouldice as we breathe in, the air goes down and then it moves around the body from the lower part of the loans to circulate. Now when we saying what we need to do is fill up the lungs and then use as much breath as we need for that particular phrase, bar without having any control. How do we do that? 3. Inhale Exhale: So this first exercise that we're gonna do is gonna help you understand why your diaphragm is and understand how to control it. So what I want you to do is exhale every last part of breath that you've got from your loans. Every last bit. Said there's literally nothing left you completely empty and then let go. You should have an instant reaction. The body knows to let the air followed back in again. The diaphragm should go down as should fill back up again and it should be a natural no stress, no strain reaction. But as singers, again, we tried to add, we put two more chin. We try and soak the area and we try and make it like way saccade with snatch it and will create tension. We create high tension in the chest. So I want you to do it with me, let all Yara out, and then gradually inhale. This is best done startup. Another way how you can fail your diaphragm is doing this. A little bit like a laugh or a herd like a monkey. In fact, the diaphragm will list and you'll feel where is depends on your body shape as to exactly where your diaphragm is, but it sits just underneath the loans normally around your belly button. When we breathe in, the diaphragm goes down almost like half a football and then we exhale. It comes back up again. It jumps back up. But when we're a singer, that's no good because the air is just going to straight back out again. We have to be able to control it. So now you know where you die from is now you've felt it. We're now going to introduce the first exercise that I want you to do on a daily basis. 4. Counting Exercise 'Exhale': So this is called the accountant exercise. And the way it works is this. You inhale for eight counts. You hold the breath for a Counts. And then you really sit for eight counts. A few things to think about when you breathe in. Imagine you've got a butler water and you filling from the bottom up. The no motion in the shoulders, no tension. Aim in the neck, anything. It should all be down here. Then when you hold the breath, it should be held in the lower portion of the lungs. Haha. So I can still talk and I've still got held in Haha. Then when he let the breath out, I want you to think about a long, thin tonal, almost like you breathe it out through a straw. Nofollow shape has all gone because at the end of a phrase, what we're saying is it's not going to be really good. So a nice, thin controlled breath. You will find that you might have a little bit more air than releasing for aids. But with this exercise, as you get better at it and you build a wall control, I'd like you to extend it. So exhale for eight, exhale for ten, x alpha 12, and over a period of time, see how long you can exhale fall. Now there's three ways I'd like you to exhale. Says what we're gonna do a breath. The second one we're going to do is this. And the third one that we're gonna do is that now all of these sounds makes a big difference to the speed of the airflow. The phase one, the breath, the air has no constriction. It's just gonna come straight out. With this. The vocal folds is still relatively open and the sound is formed at the front of the mouth, allowing the sound to come through. And then with the one now engage in the vocal folds. So it slows down the brass all different speeds to help you learn and control your diaphragm. So let's have a go at the counting exercise. Here we go. It's OK. Get Ready, Start readymade. Okay. Inhale, inhale. Send home day. And really set out 2345678 again to hand-holding and memory and 70 Walmart timing. And nowadays out out 2345, pretty far away. 5. Counting Exercise 'S': So now we've done the breath, they exhale out when I'm going to move on to this. And this slows down the breath just a little bit, ma, let's give it a try out many of the Gao De then bringing them than holder. Then again to release and hold it and let it out. One more set into k and holidays. And let as now, I don't want you guys to stop now. I want you to try as many times as you possibly can. In fact, do this exercise every single day as part of your routine. The breadth and the final one, which is the you don't have to do just the three times du as many times as you would like to do it. 6. Counting Exercise 'Z': So let's do the last one. This is okay. Rename any 23456. Fair enough. How the 234567 x to the n again, 234567, I have oDesk allow, allow you lose the last end and how they are now. And so these three exercises I'd like you to do De Lei with a breadth within our, within. And over time, you will improve your breath control and you'll find it's so much easier when it comes to sing in. 7. Outro: So thank you so much for being involved in this course. I hope you really enjoyed it and learned how to understand your breath control. If you have any questions for me, do not hesitate to get in touch via my website. Plus, if you want to take the full course, feel free. It's available on skill share and also you domain. Thank you very much.