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Most singers with any vocal training know that breathing is an important element of singing. Using breath effectively allows you to manipulate vibrato, volume, resonance, and a whole host of other aspects of vocal technique. One thing many singers don’t know though is that you can actually increase your lung capacity. If you’re someone who has a hard time taking in enough air to make it through difficult phrases, read on to learn how to increase your lung capacity.

Glossopharyngeal Breathing

1. Start with a resistance breath. Purse your lips and put one finger over them, as if you’re shushing someone. Then take a deep breath through your mouth, until you’ve taken your maximum inhalation.
2. Next, take in more gulps of air, until you can no longer do so. You’ll probably feel some pressure in your chest.

What Will Happen?

If you use this technique every day, your vital lung capacity, or the maximum amount of air you can expel from your lungs after a maximum inhalation, will increase over time. Before you launch into a routine of glossopharyngeal breathing as the answer to your breath control problems in singing though, make sure that you’re using the lung capacity you have efficiently!

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