How to Sing with Your Diaphragm

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Learn tips on how to sing with your diaphragm instead of your throat with singing and vocal training tips in this free online vocal coaching video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Voice Lessons & Tips on Singing
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Hi, this is Larissa Lam, on behalf of expert village we're going to continue exploring singing and breathing techniques. And for now we are going to explore the difference between the throat, singing with the throat, and singing properly with the diaphragm. Now, if you saw my previous video you'll have learned proper breathing with the diaphragm. We're going to continue down that road by explaining the difference between the throat and the diaphragm. You may have been tired singing if you've been screaming on a roller coaster you'll also find your vocal cords might actually hurt in the morning. And that's because you're using your throat, up here. Now, when you're singing properly, you should be taking pressure off the throat and instead, the breath support should be in your diaphragm. So, I'm going to sing a simple song, like, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to illustrate it. Now, if you're singing with your throat, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" is going to sound like this, "Twinkle, twinkle little star, star, how I wonder what you are." You see you push with your throat, it's kind of a closed, kind of a nasty sound isn't it? So if you sing with your diaphragm where you're taking pressure away from the throat, it would sound a little bit more like "Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are, up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky." So if you notice, I'm expanding my diaphragm, as I'm taking breaths before I sing, "Twinkle twinkle little star how I wonder what you are." And there's not a whole lot of action in the chest area, and not a whole lot of tension in my throat. Hopefully, you'll have seen that illustration, and the easiest way to detect that is to just put your hand across your throat. If you feel a lot of throat action and you feel huge vibration, then you're probably using your vocal cords a little too much in the throat. Place your hands on the diaphragm and sense that you're expanding and contracting, and then you'll know you're also using your diaphragm a lot more than your throat. Hopefully this will help you on your way to not tiring your vocal cords.

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