Magic Choral Trick #62 Fast Quiet Breath

When a fast breath is required, the room really shouldn’t sound like a tuberculosis ward.

Use the same kind of open throated breath I think I mentioned in an earlier post. That’s the walking uphill beside someone who’s in better shape than you and you don’t want them to hear you gasping for air – type breath.

Back of throat feels open enough to accommodate a hardboiled egg + relaxed dropping of the belly = Full, Fast, Quiet Breath.

If you’re doing it right, you’ll notice the ribcage expanding.

But more importantly, you won’t run out of air as quickly, and the choir director won’t glower at you. (Directors – I’ll probably post something later about glowering)


About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

Posted on January 18, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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