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January 2022

How to Sing With Your Diaphragm?

Outside of biology class, you will probably never come across the word ‘diaphragm’ ever again. Unless you have been in a choir or taken vocal lessons – then you must have been told countless times to “sing with your diaphragm”! If you have the slightest interest in learning how to sing with the proper technique, then this word should not be foreign to you. Yet, the concept of singing with your diaphragm is not one that is easy to grasp or execute. What does ‘singing with your diaphragm’ really mean, and how do you go about doing that? Let us find out more in this article!

What is the diaphragm and why do you need it for singing?
The diaphragm is a muscle that is located below your lungs that helps to regulate the air that enters and leaves your lungs. Singing with your diaphragm is an essential vocal technique that helps you produce a strong and steady voice regardless of how loud or soft you go.

Without utilising the diaphragm fully, our breaths tend to be more shallow, which in turn causes us to tire easily when singing. On the other hand, by learning how to control your diaphragm, you will be able to make full use of your lung capacity and keep a consistent airflow passing through your vocal cords, allowing you to sing through longer phrases with ease.

How to sing with your diaphragm?
Singing with your diaphragm essentially requires that you breathe properly through your diaphragm. In order to do so, you will have to strengthen your diaphragm and work on the way you breathe when singing. A certain way to ensure that you are doing this correctly is to feel or see your stomach expanding and protruding outwards when inhaling deeply through your mouth.

If you are having trouble finding your diaphragm or ensuring that you are using the proper breathing technique, a quick hack is to lie flat on the floor with a book placed above your stomach near where your lowest rib cage is. Proceed with your breathing exercise while focusing on pushing the book upwards with each inhale.

Final tips!
You may be thinking, “Singing with your diaphragm isn’t really a vocal technique then, is it?” While it is true that it does not directly involve your vocal cords, familiarising yourself with this breathing technique will help you build a proper foundation to sing in any style you desire.

In any case, when it comes to singing, it is always important to maintain a straight posture and relaxed body for optimal airflow, and to make sure that there is no tension or strain in your throat at all times.

Learn to sing like a pro!
Want to sing like a pro? You can learn how to sing from one with vocal lessons at Aureus Academy! We provide individually tailored one-to-one music lessons for aspiring musicians of all ages, taught by highly-qualified teachers who are eager to share their expertise. Book a free trial for our vocal lessons now and get yourself equipped with what it takes to become the next Mariah Carey or Beyonce!

Alex Sarabi