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N.1 How to practise abdominal
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This exercise teaches you to use your stomach in respiration.
This is the base of the costal-diaphragm tecnique (later explained in exercise
n.2), absolutely necessary for a good singing.
Lie down on your back on a
rigid surface. Yours shoulders should touch the ground well. Now put a hand on
your navel. Inhale through the nose and inflate your stomach. At this point you
must see your hand going up because of the air inflating your
Keep the air inside for 2/3 seconds, then breathe out the mouth
deflating the stomach. Your hand follows this movement too. Before starting it
all over again, remain with an ampty body for a couple of
N.2 How to practise costal-diaphragm
This very important exercise teach you how to utilise the
costal and diaphragm system at the same time. Exactly what you need to know when
you are singing and need to sustain the sound. This exercise is really diffucult
to learn, expecially if you decide to do it on your own. In order to avoid
mistakes, if you can, let your teacher guide you.
As for the previous
exercice, lie on your back on a rigid surface. Put one hand on your stomach and
the other one on the side chest (thumb forward).
Breathe through the nose
inflating the stomach...and shift the air laterally to the chest. Breathe out
maintaining tha costal expansion. Wait a couple of seconds before repeating the
N.3 How to develop costal and abdominal
Having pratised exercise n.2, we can now concentrate on how
to strengthen our support nusculature in the following way:
through the nose, shift the air laterally inflating the chest (confront
preceeding exercise) and keep your breath for 2 o 3 seconds. We can now start to
breathe out slowly maintaing costal expansion. Towards the end of the emission,
try to prolong expiration with consonant SSSSSS regulary till the
Remember that a little bit of ait should always remain inside. This
is true with all exercises and above all while we are singing.
emission of consonant SSSSS won't last more than a few seconds...Try to extend
this time gradually till you reach a maximum of 30 seconds for women and 40
seconds for men.
If we practise this exercise regularly, we'll obtain a very
good support for our sound.
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