6 Problems With Nose Breathing

  1. Excessive inspiratory effort is required;
  2. It does not, as some believe, “open the pharyngeal resonators;”
  3. It takes too long;
  4. It is noisy;
  5. It tends to tense and raise the chest, and
  6. It prohibits respiratory parts set in motion during inspiration from recovering in time to make swift, easy adjustments for phonation.


Taken from “A Dictionary of Vocal Terminology” by Cornelius Reid.

One thought on “6 Problems With Nose Breathing

  1. Our bodies are designed to breathe in through the nose. It filters it, adjusts the temperature, releases nitric oxide, etc. Mouth breathing causes many health issues, including tooth decay. It is difficult for me to image singing “naturally” if I must breathe unnaturally. Also, in my research I have found that most of the elocutionist authors from the 1800s were fans of breathing from the nostrils. I could probably dig up some sources if you’re interested.

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