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Xin chào!

Hello from Vietnam! 🙂

No, I’m not from Vietnam, but you can see how I’m obviously trying to fit in with my straw hat in this video 😛

I was on a boat cruising on Halong Bay to check out the amazing limestones, and since it was gonna take me a while to reach those limestones and the Dong Thien Cung cave, I thought I’d drop you my vocal tip for this week on Breath Support!

A lot of emphasis is always placed on practising good breath control in singing, but practising good breath support is equally as important!

Now, breath control and breath support are two different things.

When we talk about breath control in singing, we’re generally talking about practising good inhalation and exhalation of air, breathing in and exhaling deep natural breaths without restrictions.

On the other hand, when we’re talking about breath support, it’s about being able to sustain air in your lungs comfortably to keep your voice supported as you sing.

So they are two different things, and there are lots of things (different parts of the body and the voice look at) when it comes to breath control & support.

However, here’s one quick way to check if you’re practising good breath support.

Grab a candle, or a lighter. Lit the candle or flick on the lighter, place it in front of your mouth, about 2 inches away from your face (please don’t burn your face and don’t do this at the petrol/gas station!) and start singing.

When you sing, if the fire starts flickering really badly or goes off, it is likely that you’re not practising good breath support. If the fire burns on (stays on fire) and it’s not flickering much at all, it is very likely that you ARE practising good breath support.

Doing this demonstration on the boat cruising on Halong Bay was clearly a bad idea, because it was so windy! So I did another demonstration when I got back to the hotel in the evening – just to make things clear.

You’ll notice that it the fire does not go off depending on how soft or loud you sing; with good breath support, you can sing soft or loud, and even as you sing more powerfully, the fire shouldn’t go off.

This is because having good breath support means the amount of air that is coming out of your mouth and through your vocal cords is steady, consistent and not too much – therefore, it allows your vocal cords phonate properly (to phonate as it should) to produce the beautiful sound that you have in your voice.

Of course, there are other things to look at, this is not the only way to check if you’re practising good breath support or to practise good breath support. In fact, you can observe and become more aware & conscious of your intercostal muscles, abdominal muscles, solar plexus, diaphragm, ribcage expansion & etc (so you can engage in them) to practice better breath support.

I’ll be talking more about that and will also be giving some live demonstrations of all that in my upcoming workshop, Vocalism, on 1st December 2015.

Simply register now to save yourself a seat, and join me then! Click here.

Got any questions? Just ask away below 😉

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Practising Good Breath Support In Singing (Vlog)