Hi Jim, and All --
Those "catch- breaths" -- as my sports-medicine-physician friend calls
them -- can be troublesome indeed. He relates the need to lung capacity and
connects that with age, weight, gender, health, conditioning, diet, and
other factors. He suggests a variety of ways to address this even though
singers may be together only a few hours a week.
For those who are willing to work at it, he offers the following: Sit tall
but comfortably. Blow out all the air from your lungs and then try to blow
out just a bit more. Then let your stomach relax as you inhale and think of
the image of filling your belly with air. Now, hold that and try to inhale
even more air as you think of "topping off the tank." Hold that breath until
you feel the need to exhale. Do so slowly. As you do, relax your rib cage
and chest as you pull your stomach muscles in to try to force even more air
out. Do this for three reps; rest for a full minute, then repeat the entire
process three more times.
Also, when any of the above factors are present and can't seem to get
resolved, one alternative is to plan for the need for more breaths and build
them into the arrangement in places that will seem natural. This is
especially helpful in quartetting.
----- Original Message -----
From: James Botelle
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2013 11:52 AM
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In our lead section, I recently have made the discovery that some singers,
with less experience, have a tendency to "check out" when they breathe.
There's a natural pitch at which we speak. I have found a few guys reverting
to that pitch when they grab a breath and having to quickly adjust up to the
note where they should be.
One needs to keep the existing note or the following note in mind when
taking a quick breath so you're not pulling down on the notes.
And, yes, this is my non-competitive chorus.
Lead, Carroll County and Dundalk, MD Chapters
Former lead of Gentlemen's Blend quartet M-AD finalists 2003-4
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