How To Achieve A Vibrant Voice With Diaphragm Singing

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The system of muscles which connect to the ribs at their lower level, and surround the lungs, is called the diaphragm. This is what enables humans to inhale. Exhaling is performed from the abdomen, but it is the muscles of the diaphragm which control how quickly air is expelled from the lungs.

It is easy to see why it is necessary to use the muscles as well for diaphragm singing. This is because breathing out is similar to singing, except without sound. Sound is added by the person performing the action.

Here is a test to try. Inhale, then exhale sharply while trying to sing. In another exercise inhale, then exhale slowly while trying to sing. There is a big difference between the two examples, because exhaling too quickly causes air to escape as well, reducing the breath needed for proper diaphragm singing and timbre.

When practicing breathing exercises, remember to push the stomach out when breathing in, then begin adding the sound of singing as the breath is exhaled. This gives a rich, strong, clear sound to the singing voice when done properly, because diaphragm singing has expanded the lungs and rib cage. If this was not done with the stomach pulled in gently, the pressure would be too much, causing the voice to sound tight, almost like letting air out of a balloon a little at a time.

Opening the throat as in yawning, also helps with diaphragm singing because again, the tightness of the throat is eliminated. When the throat is not open, the voice sounds unnatural and pitchy. Many singers are talented, but still benefit from a voice training coach who will teach voice modulation, range of singing, while avoiding pitchiness, and strengthening the vocal cords.

Singers learn early on how to control their diaphragm by strengthening it with breathing exercises. They never blow air out too quickly when they add their voice as this may cause pressure which will damage the vocal chords.

Just like any exercise, going the slow route reaps the greatest rewards and the best singing voice. There are websites on the Internet which teach vocal strengthening exercises as well as speech level singing, for a vibrant, beautiful, singing voice.

About the Author

Skyler Jett is a prolific singer, songwriter and producer. He has worked with many top musicians, such as Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. Skyler started singing in church and fell in love with jazz and R&B at an early age. Find more of his tips on diaphragm singing at

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