FREE SINGING LESSONS & TIPS © Copyright Yvonne M. DeBandi, BME Have you ever been on a long road trip and wished the tank in your car was larger so you didn’t have to stop so often to fill up? How about singing long notes? Is your tank full enough to hold the note to the very end? In the last couple of tips and lessons we have talked about making better choices for breathing and gaining control over your airflow. Today we are focusing on breathing capacity. Unlike a gas tank in your car, you can build your capacity to bring in more oxygenRead More →

BREATHING FOR SINGING Improving Breath Control for Singing In SingSMART™ Singing Lessons 0201-0203 we learned about the best overal choices for breathing during the act of singing and also concentrated on HOW the diaphragm is supposed to function during inhalation and exhalation. We recommend these lessons as prerequisites in order to completely understand the concepts and exercises presented in SingSMART™ Singing Lesson #0204. In this singing lesson we learn how to increase our skill level of breath control. The act of breathing is a voluntary/involuntary action.  Meaning we can choose to hold our breath, but when our body decides it needs oxygen it will “trump” conscious free will and force air intake.Read More →

FREE SINGING LESSONS & TIPS © Yvonne M. DeBandi, BME Many students have been asking for videos of how the diaphragm works, so I ventured into YouTube to find a video that showed the internal workings. One video in particular showed the diaphragm movement better than any other, and also explained the benefits of taking deep and slow breaths. Yes, singing is good for your health – deep breathing being only one of the reasons! This particular video focuses on BELLY BREATHING which is a technique taught by many vocal teachers. The SingSMART&8482; Vocal Training Method focuses on FULL BODY BREATHING, which includes bringing airRead More →

One way to test whether your air stream is concentrated is by blowing out candles. A concentrated and supported moving stream (as if through a straw) will blow out a candle fairly easy. A wide stream with no support will make the task much harder. TRY IT YOURSELF!  Light a candle and see how easy it is for you to extinguish the flame.  If you are under 18 please ask your parents before you do this experiment and everyone be sure to put the candle in a safe place! If you struggle with your airflow abilities and holding a vocal tone, why not take a quickRead More →

© Yvonne DeBandi, BME If you have talked, studied or read about singing anywhere, no doubt you have heard at least once that singing well comes down to breathing. Why? Because your airflow is what breathes life or energy into your tone. Your breathing abilities as a singer creates the airflow that is somewhat responsible for the creation of your vocal tone, the quality of your vocal tone, the length of your vocal tone and the power of your vocal tone. I say “somewhat responsible” because there are many other factors in the vocal tone game, but one thing is true. If your breathing isRead More →

INTRODUCTION Breathing properly for singing is the most important foundation technique. Each and every tone we create is carried on the airflow of our breath. The more control you have over the air flow, the more control you will have over your singing tone. Imagine a kite flying high in the air. When the airflow is consistent, the kite will fly smoothly and steadily on top of the air current. When the airflow is inconsistent the kite will bob and dive with no rhyme or reason. Your singing tone is much like that kite. If you provide a strong steady airflow, your vocal tone willRead More →