How To Use The Diaphragm For Vocal Exercises
When vocal exercising, make sure that you're absolutely smooth when you change from E to A, because
I'm going to talk to you now about how to use the diaphragm for vocal exercises. Singing from the diaphragm is also often called support, because you use not just the diaphragm but also all these abdominal muscles to help you support the sound and control the airflow. I'm going to give you now a couple of exercises that will help you put that into practice. First one I want to do works on short detached notes, staccato notes. I want you to break an arpeggio so make sure when you do this, that you don't begin the notes with a glottal stop. A glottal stop is basically that kind of a sound that we often have in speech and it's a sign that the throat is trying to control that sound. It's trying to decide when the note begins, rather than beginning it from the diaphragm. Once you've got the hang of that, I want you to turn it into short utterances. So, a good exercise for that is this one, do 3 notes at a time. When you do this, make sure you use a nice, deep E sound, not the sort of E that we speak with e, e, e but a more singer-y, deeper, resonant sound. This last exercise is designed to get you using the diaphragm to sing long sustained lines of music. Now, I want you just to go down 5 notes on an E sound and then up down 9, so it works like this, down to E and then up and down to R. When you do this, make sure that you're absolutely smooth when you change from the E to the R vowel sound. That way you keep the support working and you keep the resonance going. So, there you have 3 vocal exercises to help you engage your diaphragm when you're singing. .