Breathing Summary Exercise

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19:25

You’ve learned your home position and now you’ve learned the parts of the breath.

Let’s integrate the two.

Let’s begin at the top of your vocal core to be sure that all parts are at rest.

And, then as you breathe all parts of the vocal core will remain in their rest position.

It’s common for the tongue to come up or the head to tilt back, or any of our habits to insert themselves on the breath. But, this time, we’re going to watch watch watch, both in the mirror and your inner eye to be sure that each part of your vocal core remains in place.

Let’s begin.

00:45

Your mind is focused on the process in your vocal core form the top of your head to your middle chest.

1:00

Turn your mind’s eye, you inner eye inward and notice what happens.

Your outer eyes and your eyebrows are soft. Your eyes are open. Your mouth is closed and relaxed without pursing your lips.

There is horizontal line between your ears which causes your head to be in a horizontal position.

1:30

Feel into the back of your head in the soft spot.

Is there any tension in the back of your head? Release.

It’s going to remain passive no matter how much air we bring on this exercise.

Your tongue flat on the floor of your mouth.

It is rounded.

And, watch that it doesn’t come up to the top or roof of your mouth while we breathe.

Now, your jaw.

Allow your lower jaw to falls downwards. And create a space between the teeth.

And, the tongue hasn’t moved.

Nor has your head.

2:30

Check in the mirror to be sure things are still in place. And check inward to be sure that all points of the vocal core remain in position.

Your shoulders are relaxed and your larynx is completely relaxed and starting to become a little moist because you’ve relaxed your tongue.

3:05

Your breath is silent, and there is resistance of the air current. (Which is what makes it silent.)

Your chest naturally rises and falls with the flow of the breath in and out. In fact, your entire upper body, or vocal core expands with the air without any effort.

3:30

And, feel the circle of your breath as it expands and contracts the upper body.

Take whatever time you need now, to make sure those release points are open. And then the air will flow in.

So, go ahead and pause here to be sure of it.

3:56

Now, that you have checked your vocal core, and all parts are open, let’s begin with a simple circle of the breath in and out through your nostrils.

Find an easy pace and don’t effort.

Just notice how your breath enters and leaves your upper body. And give your mind to focus on only that.

4:30

In through the nostrils without moving the head.

Without moving the tongue.

The jaw remains parted.

The head remains horizontal.  

Your chest naturally expands and contracts while the shoulders just follow along.  No pulling up or pushing down.

5:09

This relaxed position in the vocal core already signals the lower part of your body and your diaphragm to relax and untangle old habits associated with tension up here in the vocal core.

5:30

So, you have found a nice, easy circle of the breath where your mind can track all parts of your vocal core.

You’ve had some time with this so this must be getting easier for you.

You are not drawing the air in, nor pushing it outwards.

Just allowing the air to move through your nostrils to your lungs and vocal core, and then back outwards without any extra effort.
 
6:00

And always checking your vocal core to make sure that the points aren’t beginning to close again.  

This subtle motion right here in this first step is what allows the rest your body to unfold  and give you the air that you need.

So, take your time and notice during each degree in your breathing cycle, “Is there any effort?”

Now, I want to go back to your head.

At which part of your breathing cycle does your head want to move out of its horizontal position.

Circle the breath around and find your head.

At which point, or degree of this circle of the breath does your head want to twitch away out of this horizontal position?

7:00

Circle around.

Slow the breath if you have to, to notice if the head engages.

When the head is free, move to your mouth.

Notice if your teeth are still parted.  

The tongue is on the floor of the mouth.

7:30

The jaw has fallen downwards.

So, just focus in the jaw and mouth area.

Circling the air in and out while the tongues down. The jaw remains down. The head remains horizontal.

You circle around and I will tell you this:

8:00

It is the places before the sound happens, in the breathing part, where we silently engage tension… which is why we have this whole preparation stage of this course.

You unlock the breath and the vocal core, the tension therein, and BOOM, already things begin to happen when you make vocal sound.

8:26

Circle the breath around a number of times so that you are sure that the tongue remains down, the jaw remains down, there’s a space between your teeth.  

Pause this recording and just practice this.

The breath is silent because your larynx is un-engaged.

Next, focus on your chest and then your shoulders.

 You’re not pulling air in or using great effort with your shoulders or your chest.  Your body knows how to breathe on it’s own.  

It’s just all of this old tension that interferes.

So, here is where we fix it.

You’re looking for a smooth air circle in and out without disturbing the resting positions of the vocal core.  

9:30

Once you have a consistent cycle of the breath in and out without engaging the parts of the vocal core, let’s explore the breath that we learned in this lesson.  

As you circle the breath around now, begin to name the parts of the breath:

The top of the breath
The exhale
The bottom of the breath and then
The inhale

10:06

Say those words in your mind as you circle the breath in and out.

I will coach you now.

Air out, Air out

Bottom of the breath

Inhale, Air in..

Air in.  Slow down the inhale so that you can find the top of your breath at the end of the inhale.

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And now the exhale
Air out. Air out.
There’s the bottom of the breath

And here’s the inhale.

Air in. Inflate like a balloon.

Air in. And, here’s the top of the breath.

And, air out. Air out.

Bottom of the breath.

Inhale

And, find the top of the breath.

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And, air out. Deflate.

Don’t push the air out.

And the bottom of the breath.

And then, it will turn to an inhale.

Air in.

Here’s the top of the breath coming up.

And, when you’re ready: Air out.

Don’t push the air out.

And there we are with a clean circle of air, I think.

11:40

So, now, (just)  allow yourself to, “Breathe Freely”.

“Breathe Freely,” you recall,  is my term for uncoached breathing.

Where you allow your lips to fall open and you breathe on your own time, which means whatever makes you comfortable.

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Your lips fall down causing your mouth to open a little bit.

Your upper body just breathes air in and out, and you stabilize yourself and gain a sense of comfort in your breathing cycle.

Your lips have parted. Easily. Not a big space.

A small space is created.

Now, go back to your tongue and place it on the floor of your mouth.

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And, make sure that your jaw is falling or hangs from your face, downwards.  

You’re not opening your jaw.

You’re not holding.

And you’re just breathing in and out without thinking about the breath.

Now, go back and close your lips.

Re-check all parts of your home position with that small movement.

13:00

Tongue remains on the floor of your mouth

The jaw hangs from the face.

Lips are relaxed.

Eyes are soft. Eyebrows are down.

Head is horizontal.

And, now your lips are closed, we’re going to go back to the breathing exercise.

Air out. air out.

Here’s the bottom of the breath.

And, air in. Air in. Inhale.

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Here’s the top of the breath

And, air out.

Exhale.

The bottom of the breath.

Alright, breathe freely…

And, now, as you’re doing that keep your focus on your tongue and your jaw that they remain in their home position throughout the entire breathing cycle especially at the bottom of the breath and top of the breath.

Alright?

14:10

Close your lips without pursing or grimmacing.

Tongue is on floor of your mouth.

Jaw falls or hangs downward.

Lips remain closed and relaxed and let’s start with an exhale.

Air out.

Here’s the bottom of the breath.

14:30

Look at your tongue.

Leave it down.

And, inhale.

Tongue is down. Jaw is down.

Here comes the top of the breath.

Check your tongue and jaw at the top of the breath.

And air out.

Keep your focus on the tongue and the jaw right now.

Air out.

Tongue and jaw remains down.

Remains down.

Bottom of the breath.

And, here comes the inhale.

The tongue and the jaw remain at rest as you inhale.

15:00

Tongue and jaw remain at rest.

Here’s the top of the breath.  

Tongue and jaw remain at rest

And here’s the exhale.

Exhale.

Tongue down.

Jaw hangs at the bottom of the breath.

And here’s our inhale while the tongue is down.

Without pulling down on the tongue, inhale.

Tongue is still on the floor of your mouth.

Top of the breath.

Tongue is still on the floor of your mouth.

15:30

And, exhale.

Tongue on the floor of your mouth at the bottom of the breath.

And, now let’s focus on the jaw, on the inhale.

Jaw falls and doesn’t move out of place on the inhale.

Inhale.

Jaw stays in its position at the top of the breath and it remains in its position through the exhale.

Here comes the bottom of the breath with the jaw down.

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And, here comes the inhale without moving the jaw out of place.

The jaw remains in position through the inhale to the top of the breath.

Jaw remains down through the exhale and the bottom of the breath.

Tongue is on the floor of the mouth the jaw hangs.

Let’s think of them together:

Jaw is down.  Inhale.  Tongue remains on the jaw which is down.

Neither move as you inhale.

And, you come to the top of the breath.

Tongue and jaw haven’t moved.

And, air out. Air out.

Tongue and jaw don’t move out of position.

Now, when you inhale, look at your head.

Does your head remain in position?

17:00

Tongue and jaw, as one, are falling while the head remains horizontal.

Here’s the top of the breath.

Head horizontal.

Tongue and jaw down.

Exhale. Deflate.

Head is completely relaxed as you add air.

And, you’re going up to the top of the breath and your head does not respond to air coming in.

17:30

Air in. Head neutral in horizontal position.

Air out. Air out. Deflate.

Bottom of the breath.

Head in neutral position.

Head in neutral position at the bottom of the breath before you inhale.

Leave it there.

Just allow the air to be drawn in.

The head doesn’t move.

Get ready for the top of the breath.

Is your head still unlocked?

18:00

And, allow the air to cycle out.

Air out. Air out.

Now, let’s do all three:

Tongue on floor of the mouth.

Jaw hangs.

And, Air in.

Head doesn’t move.

Air in.

Everything’s open.

Here’s the top of the breath.

Nothing moves out of position.

And, deflate. deflate.

18:32

Tongue, jaw and head completly at rest.

Now, if you find any place where there are wiggles or twitches, just isolate and slow down your breathing, and spend some time to untie each of those wiggles.

18:52

Each of those little wiggles represent places where the voice tone can break, or ‘crack’.    

19:02

Voice study is all about the breathing.

When the breathing motion is smooth and fluid, the vocal tone follows.  

Practice  this smooth breathing cycle without these little twitches.

Discover them. Work them out and you will help yourself to build a smooth tone.

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Home Position and Breathing

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Open all points of the vocal core and establish a fluid breathing cycle without disturbing the resting positions.

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