How To Sing From Your Diaphragm Explained

One of the most common things you read or hear said in singing circles is the statement “sing from your diaphragm”.

Singing from your diaphragm is seen as the basis of good singing technique, but it can be tough for a singer to understand just how to do it.

In this article, I want to explain simply how to sing from your diaphragm, so any singer can understand it and then know exactly how to do it.

I also want to cover the topic of support and why it is closely linked with singing from your diaphragm, as well as delve into some tips and tricks that can help you get started.

How To Sing From Your Diaphragm Versus Support

You may have hear another term thrown about when talking to other singers or singing teachers; “sing using support”.

This can be another fuzzy concept that is rarely explained in a simple manner that a singer can understand, and most often it is explained incorrectly. So how are singing from your diaphragm and support so closely related?

Well basically, they are exactly the same thing….. If you are doing one,then you are essentially doing the other.

How to sing from your diaphragm second imageHow To Sing From Your Diaphragm – A Quick Theory Lesson

Why is learning how to sing from your diaphragm so important? The main reason is that it allows the vocal cords to close without any interference from muscles in the throat. I will explain this a bit further on, but first I want to explain how singing from the diaphragm works.

When you are singing from the diaphragm, you are not only using the diaphragm but also the abdominal muscles as well. In fact, the secret to learning how to sing from the diaphragm is coordinating the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm so they work together.

Basically, the abdominal muscles need to lift, so they can come up underneath the diaphragm and “support” it, once it is fully flat after breathing in.

This collision of the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm actually causes the vocal cords to come together, and this is the true magic of singing from your diaphragm – your vocal cords are closed and can be held together consistently to make sound.

So then, how do you sing from your diaphragm? You lift the abdominal bulk upwards or “pull up” when you start to sing and sustain this action as long as you are making sound. For a deeper look into this topic, check this article – how to improve your voice quickly and naturally using support.

how to sing from your diaphragm image 6How To Sing From Your Diaphragm – Tips and Tricks

This concept may be new to many singers, so here are some tips and tricks to get you started:

  • Practice pulling up without singing – this will help you get used to the sensation so it becomes natural. Do this on the bus ot sitting at your desk etc
  • Practice simple scales first – before trying this out in songs, try to get used to supporting and singing by starting off with simple scales. This will help you embed it into your singing without having to worry about performing or singing lyrics
  • Use your arm strength – One way to check you are doing it properly is by placing your arms just below your bell button with fingers interlocked, then pull the abdominal bulk upwards using your arm strength. This can also help embed it into your singing
  • Always ensure your back is straight – slouching or having a sway back can interfere with your abdominal muscles which can reduce your ability to support correctly. Check out the diagram below for correct singing posture

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Well there you have it. You now know how to sing from your diaphragm. I hope this article has been helpful and has cleared up any confusion around singing from your diaphragm and why it is so important.

If you would like to know more, please check out this page on how to sing better.

Finally, I wish you success in all your singing endeavors….

Andy Barnes

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1 Comment

  • Annick

    Reply Reply December 5, 2015

    Hi,when you are saying ”pull the abdominal ” is it like a contraction or it is the action of pushing the thoracic ribs outward ? Thank you for giving me exercises or other images to help me

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