Breathing exercises for singing and acting

Breathing exercises for singing and acting

Breathing, for most people, is a completely involuntary process that doesn’t require thinking or action. However, as singers and actors we have to manipulate our breathing to fit around the structure of a song or dialogue. We have to take an uncontrolled process and learn to control it, while still allowing the mechanism to work fully and properly on its own. This is a tall order!

 

Below are a few exercises to help new performers get started with feeling, understanding and controlling their breathing.

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Vocal warm ups: the technical benefits

Vocal warm ups: the technical benefits

This article is a follow up to the recent post, "Vocal warm ups: the non-technical benefits." Here we will describe the technical reasons that vocal warm up exercises are so critical to any singer or actor’s routine. Between these two blog posts, you’ll gain a broader understanding of why you’re warming up, why instructors and directors enforce it, and what you can expect to gain from the process.  

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Vocal warm ups: the non-technical benefits

Vocal warm ups: the non-technical benefits

The importance of vocal warm ups tends to be assumed and glossed over, as though we all know why these exercises are so critical to any singer or actors routine. This article breaks down the non-technical reasons for warming up, while the technical details can be found in a second article, The Technical Benefits of Vocal Warm Ups. Between these two blog posts, youll gain a broader understanding of why youre warming up, why instructors an directors enforce it, and what you can expect to gain from the process. 

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