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LEARN TO SING : When To Breathe In A Song

Last time we talked about a proper breathing technique and how to practice. How was it? Did it help you?

Today we will talk some more about when to breathe in a song!

You know what? It's far easier than you think! The timing is similar to when you speak to other people which is "at the end of the sentence". But of course! that's not always the case! Sometimes it also depends on other factors which I will summarise for you today in this blog.

When to breathe in the songs

  1. Before the sentence.

  2. When you grammatically finish the sentence.

  3. According to the breath remark in the score

  4. When there's quite a long pause between the lines.

  5. Even if it's not grammatically correct, it still sounds nice.

  6. Contemporary genre is more flexible regarding the breathe timing than classical music.

Below are some example from some popular singers.

We’ve Only Just Begun (Carpenters)

“ (breathe) We've only just begun to live (breathe) White lace and promises (breathe) A kiss for luck and we're on our way”

So Karen Carpenter finished her lines grammar wise before taking a breath even if there was a long duration type of notes like “begun” that she could breathe.

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Writing’s On The Wall (Sam Smith)

“(breathe) How do I live? (breathe) How do I breathe? (breathe) When you're not here I'm suffocating (breathe) I want to feel love, (breathe) run through my blood (breathe) Tell me is this where I give it all up? (breathe) For you (breathe) I have to risk it all (breathe) Cause the writing's on the wall”

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So apart from the beginning of each sentences, Sam Smit breathed in the middle of the sentences as well. But it sounded nice and that was because there was a long duration note going on that it would be ok to cut it a little shorter for breathing.

From the two examples above, you can see that there are various ways depending on the context. Some styles are more strict than the others. The first rule of thumb is to make sure that whatever you do, make sure it sounds nice. Gasping for breath is a big no no. If you don’t know the correct way to breathe or you’d like to know more about breathing practice please check out my blog about “How To Breathe For Better Singing” Have any question? Ask me in the comment section, and I’ll reply back as soon as possible! Cheers!

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See you next time ^^