How To Sing From The Diaphragm The Easy Way

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Aloha! Another excellent, simply explained lesson. Thank you very much, Craig! I'm still having trouble relaxing my stomach while thinking about "inalare la voce". I believe this could be because I'm trying to keep the inhalation muscle position… But I'll keep on practicing and revisiting your videos to understand it better. Thanks again!

i am coming to find that the onset is one of the most important things to learn. Thank you for talking about the bass puff, its a perfect way of learning good onset. Each day singing becomes a bit simpler but definently not easier.

Craig, this is such a brilliant thing you've discovered. If singing teachers were teaching this years ago, people like me wouldn't have become so confused and dispirited! It is truly amazing, and thanks for sharing your work.

Craig, I appreciate what you are teaching, but when you have to sing some really intense, punchy type of songs, I am literally snapping my diaphragm down, engaging a hold with my side ab muscles, which actually loosens things up top and reduces subglottic pressure-induced tension. Now, the hard part is explaining it. Lol!! I think that support for more stacatto type songs, require a different kind of support (that faster, snappier type) than legato oriented songs. Wouldn't you agree? A song which would require this snappier engaged support is one like the old Foundations song "Build Me Up Buttercup." If you don't support strongly yet flexibly doing this song, it just falls apart.

I like how you humble yourself….and admit you still have stuff to learn……that honesty is refreshing to me……..so I subscribed.
Also…….thanks for the awesome lessons….this is really helping me improve…..and just when I thought I knew everything there is to know about singing….lol

Wow! I cannot believe how useful and precious this information is. It's just insane! I was using this technique just now, where I keep my onset soft and observe my belly, not letting it to do any sudden movements, and just keep it that way, like you say, coming in softly and slowly point. So just now i sang one phrase from the song that I've been struggling so much just this morning . i've sang this phrase few times with the technique you were teaching and I feel how much my inside belly muscles are working.and this morning i only felt tension in my throat. Thank you Craig ! 🙏🏼❤️

Nice video thanks! I believe this is true, the abs have to be free to be directed by the nervous system to create pressure against the intercostal contraction. However if a glottal stop (click) is phonated at a very gentle level, it or vocal fry can help coordinate cords that don't adduct enough. the face is more likely to transmit tension to the intrinsic muscles of the larynx than the abdominals.

This is extremely informative. I am very surprised what technique is required for proper and accurate support. It is also interesting to know that "hitting the correct note" in a song means very little in singing. I never would have guessed practice in muscle development ensures stronger and clearer sound. Thanks so much for your insight. You're a lifesaver Craig!

After watching all of your bass puff videos, I can do it now. But how to apply this to songs you’ve remembered singing (muscle memory) without bass puff previously?

Ok, so I do have some questions. What are we learning to do with the vocal fry that we arn't from the bass puff? Does the vocal fry triggers air pressure muscles to be used that the bass puff does not?

I notice that when I use bass puff with vocal fry, the bass puff triggers apart of supports muscles thats around the diaphragm and below if I am to hold onto that "bass" timbre or resonance. When I use vocal fry I try to make a note with the least amount of air pressure, or air used, which triggers some of my support muscles that are already intact from the bass puff while also feeling engagement of my intercostal muscles and sternum.

Hey Craig! You’re videos are amazing especially for someone who can’t get lessons at the moment because of location. I’m a 14 year old boy who really wants to sing but I have a question that I literally just can’t find the answer for. When I’m in my head voice, there’s a big onset of air before any sound comes out and I usually have to force or exert some type of force. I don’t know if this is because of damage or just incorrect technique.if I hold the onset out, it’s the exact same as if I was whispering. I wanna know before I maybe have to go to the ent. Just making sure before I try more of your other videos.

Muchas gracias amigo, tu explicación me ha sido de gran ayuda, no hay nada parecido en youtube, thank you so much. Your awesome

Thank you for this wonderful platform of learning really great music & techniques. I am an Indian classical Ghazal Singer & I need help with my lower notes. I am great with high notes but really bad with low notes which are extremely important in Ghazal Singing. Basically my voice doesn't have Bass. Please help & advise.

Great, great, great! So good to find a youtube channel that gets straight to the point and still makes enjoyable watching

Thank you so much Craig. I have learned much from you. You do it with much clarity through visual aids. God bless you.

Finally after months of struggling with this, this video has helped me thank you so much! + i have a question, if you get better at this does your tone improve? If not, can you make a video on how to improve tone please?

Don't know man, I just tried to understand what is the right sign that I am singing with my dfm, and when I do it that has nothing to do with the basy sound that you explain. It is just the compression in the lower body that helps the sound come out naturally. Also it has nothing to do with the lower part of the stomach as everyone claims.

I think it's probably too much theories for the viewers who do not try to understand the basics and be patient with the teachings of you. Your clear explanation is the best that I have ever seen.

I’m sorry but you say many wrong things here. I like you and you are a nice teacher but a lot of stuff here is false

This is the most helpful lesson I've come across. I quickly solved what I was doing wrong when singing which damages my vocal cord. Now I have much more power and resonance when I sing.

Can u please tell me what is the action of the "click" , is it when u pull your belly in instantly when you're reaching high notes? or is it when you hold your belly out( try to hold the belly to prevent it to go into the body)

I have that kind of condition wherein when I sing fully on my diaphragm, I still strain and squeeze my throat. I’m under vocal training and I still can’t get rid of this kind of scenario especially when I’m working upon my upper range, I crack and its miserable.

Wow. Those were amazing tips (specially the last one that diaphragm gets tired first than the vocal cords) for singing. I got to know so much useful things on singing. Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful knowledge with us.

i feel like i naturally have this because everyone says the hell why you look preggo when you breathe

OMG the holy grail. This was my huge missing piece for years and years. NONE of the singing teachers I had, videos watched or book read ever said it this way and I never got it. As soon as I THOUGHT OF IT THIS WAY and tried, something huge finally made sense. I had been trying so hard to avoid using/feeling anything below the palate except for whatever the heck the diaphragm was supposed to be supporting and I was totally missing the feeling of what the whole connected structure felt like. Suddenly all the harmonics were equal, the pronunciation was natural and easy and the sound was rich and the effortlessness improved vastly. That was day one last week. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

I'm very skinny with a flat stomach and tight muscles.How would I approach finding my diaphragm and seeing it move up and down.I see it moving if I'm laying down or hunch over but when standing I don't see my stomach moving at all just my rib cage.

Glad to see that you are kinda back! These last lessons are very valuable. Only one question… With this bass puff would we still need to use inhalare la voce, or the bass puff approach is enough?

Thanks in advance, Creig

Hi Craig, your videos have been most helpful. I"m scrolling through past comments to see if anyone has already addressed being able to recognize the "click" you refer to in this video. My closest concept of what the click might be, is the moment an exhale suddenly generates sound, a sudden transition from silent exhale, to sound generating, whereas the bass puff comes on more gradually. Do I have this right, or am I missing something?

Wow that really works Thanks for the great advice. Even just trying it now I can feel my singing has moved from thrashing my throat to not really feeling it much at all in the throat. I have more range and no cracking even changes happen more easy, holy crap with practice this might just be what I was looking for. 🙂

Hi craig, i want to ask, how does feel when belting higher as it requires more air, and also what about distortion, i wanna take the song linkin park's given up, in the chorus he sings a high belt note then in the bridge he has a distorted scream which he is able to do live, thanks in advance!

It's difficult to teach its difficult to do..
Its largely psychological and mental focus its entirely different to how we breath and talk.

Great vid indeed to master breathing.But one question.Should I apply this technique somehow while singing or if I practice this on a regular basis (not in the time of singing) will I automatically get diaphragm support while singing ?

This is nonsense. Learn the terminology and anatomy before you "teach." Do you also tell people to look with their eyes and hear with their ears?

When you refer tp air leakage are you talking about the air coming out the nose, more than what's needed passing over the vocal chords while singing, either, or a combination? Which is the most common problem? Thank you.

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