“Friendly Compression”

That's the term I use for Manuel Garcia's coup de glotte. The terminology and wording of Garcia's theory of glottal closure caused a firestorm of controversy in the mid-to-late nineteenth century. The misunderstanding of it as a glottal plosive frightened many teachers, theorists, and voice doctors from that time to the present day. Henry Holbrook [...]

Christine Brewer on Breathing for Singing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E98YdUJkHg I have learned to breathe for the phrase, let the texts inspire the breath, and release the breath right before the beginning of each phrase rather than holding it. I used to take a huge breath for every phrase whether I needed it or not. I learned that I needed to trust that my [...]

Breath Management as a Compensatory Tension

In singing, the body gets the message to ‘help out’ when the cords lose their adducting strength. This appears to be a physiological law and the body kicks in to secure a firmer relation between itself and the throat. In any case, if, when we try to sing, the response from the voice is weak, [...]

Evan Williams Discussing Posture’s Relationship to Efficient Breathing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI4E3qnFTtY Singers study breathing as though they were trying to learn how to push out the voice or pull it out by suction. By standing in a sensible position with the chest high (but not forced up) the lung capacity of the average individual is quite surprising. A good position can be secured through the [...]

Vennard on Breathing

Breathing per se is a dull subject, and even mastery of it will not insure good singing. Athletes frequently have enlarged their vital capacity to maximum, can hold their breath longer than most singers, and are are otherwise superior in this department, but still sing poorly. Also fine singers can be found whose technique is unorthodox, [...]