4 Types of Breathing: Which is Best for Singing? - musiclessonscalifornia.com

Types of Breathing

Which type is the best for singing?

Clavicular Breathing

  • Shallow breathing
  • Upper part of lungs fills up
  • Creates tension and affects sound production (strained or breathy voice)

Chest Breathing

  • Rib-cage expands in all directions
  • Potential problems:
    • abdomen is too rigid
    • rib cage is overextended

Abdominal Breathing

  • Abdomen expands
  • Abdominal movement is overemphasized
  • No movement of rib-cage

Combined Breathing

  • Chest and abdominal breathing combined
  • Rib-cage expands in all directions
  • Diaphragm descends fully
  • Abdomen relaxes during inhalation
  • Abdomen engaged during exhalation
  • Fully controlled breathing

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