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THE ULTIMATE BREATHING WORKOUT
Copyright ©2004, by Jaime Vendera/Vendera Publishing. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, by any means, electronic or otherwise, including photocopying, scanning, downloading, or by any data storage system, without written permission from the publisher. The Voice Connection Vendera Publishing ISBN: 978-0-9749411-4-1 Cover Design: Molly Burnside Illustration: Howard Turner Editing: Stephanie Keen Typesetting, PDF conversion: Neil Tarvin Machine Gunn Eddie used by permission Machine Gunn Eddie © 1989 Written by Jim Gillette and Michael Angelo Published by C U At The Top Music, Inc. (ASCAP) Other books by the author: Raise Your Voice © 2003 Jaime Vendera/Vendera Publishing
Table of Contents…
Copyright… ................................................................. 2 Table of Contents…..................................................... 3 Dedication… ................................................................ 4 Foreword… .................................................................. 5 The Basics… ................................................................. 9 The Routine… ............................................................ 23 The Secrets….............................................................. 45 The Chart… ................................................................ 61 The End…................................................................... 73 About The Author…................................................. 75 Thanks…..................................................................... 79
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Diane You Breathed Life into Me 4 .Dedication… This book is dedicated To my beautiful wife And soulmate.
This depends entirely on each individual singer’s interpretation of breath technique. or bring a person to tears. The breath can give life to a singer’s voice. You possess the most powerful. The power of the voice can command the attention of thousands and exhilarate a nation.Foreword… The power of the voice is astounding. But... How can something as simplistic as the breath be so misunderstood? That’s what I decided to find out… When I first wrote Raise Your Voice. individualized. unique instrument ever created. the intense energy of the voice cannot be brought to life without the initial spark…the breath. Since that time. And…the interpretations are many. I have spent countless hours studying vocal techniques. and it can as easily take it away. The voice can invoke every emotion imaginable. it can energize the soul. 5 Do you think you could hold out a note for over a minute? . I had designed what I considered the most completely developed and informative vocal training manual I could ever possibly want.
practice. The Voice Connection. practice. in Hollywood California.The Ultimate Breathing Workout And still I continue to search for new material each and every day.” and. Whenever I perform. I have re-discovered a series of techniques guaranteed to improve your breathing. 6 . Raise Your Voice. This has granted me the opportunity to expand my vocal expertise. “Practice. “If you follow the vocal training program from my book. you can achieve the same results. How would you like to be able to sustain notes for thirty seconds or longer? Do I have your attention? If you are a fan of my website. Some areas of my expertise I took for granted… I have been blessed with the ability to hold out notes for what seems like an eternity. I am always asked the same question: “How do you hold out your notes that long?” I always tell them the same few answers. then you probably know that I attended The Vocal Institute of Technology at the Musician’s Institute.” Although I stand by the breath training methods in Raise Your Voice.
It was rumored to be the breathing program that Geoff Tate. This simple program was presented to me from Bryan Kelly. it definitely worked. one of my vocal teachers from V. you’ll know that if it is true.I. Bryan is the brother of the late Tim Kelly. lead singer of Queensryche. guitarist of Slaughter. but I’ve turned this simple four exercise set into a full blown nine step breathing Breathing is workout! the foundation of singing!!! 7 . but if you listen to the beginning of the song. “Queen Of The Ryche”.T.T. I have yet to find out if this is true. I stumbled across a breathing program I had totally forgotten about. had used to help develop his incredible voice. This breathing program originally consisted of four specific exercises.I. notebooks.The Ultimate Breathing Workout One day as I was skimming through my old V.
the quality of your voice will dramatically improve and the chance of vocal strain will drastically diminish. Correct breathing is the foundation of a strong and healthy voice. Not only will your breath capacity increase. By developing proper breath technique. possibly even triple in length.The Ultimate Breathing Workout Get Ready To Breathe Are you ready to take the Vendera Breathing Challenge? I dare you – no. 8 . I double dare you – to try this program for three months. So let’s quit wasting time and get on with the show. but your voice will become stronger as well and the quality of your voice will improve. I can almost promise that your sustain time will double. like I originally did and chart your progress.
Learning To Breathe Again Sing from your diaphragm. I think it did drive me nuts. tighten your stomach. When you develop correct technique. raise your chest. push the breath out… I’ve heard kazillions of explanations on how a singer should breathe. It’s enough to drive you nuts. push your stomach out. tighten your butt cheeks. and tried too many outrageous breathing methods to mention.The Basics… Before we delve into the exercises I think we all need a refresher course in Breathing 101. Do you know the correct way to breathe as it is applied to singing? Do you consider your self an excellent breather? Let’s find out. But facts are facts…Breathing is natural and should be effortless!!! The main objective of this program is to help you develop correct breath technique. Breathing is natural and should be effortless 9 . you’ll learn that both low notes and high notes require very little breath to sustain them.
and you’ll eliminate the vocal strain that’s associated with poor breathing habits. I want you to take the biggest. As you are watching yourself in the mirror. Did you happen to notice any part of your body moving? What changed? Did your shoulders rise up? How about your stomach? Was it expanding? Did your chest expand? Did your ribs or back expand? 10 . right? Try it one more time. are you looking at yourself in the mirror? Are you ready? Do you want me to shut up? All right. Okay. Now tell me. all ready! Here we go. as quick as you can. what changed? You were watching yourself. pay closer attention.The Ultimate Breathing Workout You’ll develop breath control that will prevent you from singing too breathy or pushing too hard. only this time. deepest breath you ever have. Are you ready to learn? You better pay attention… I want you to start by looking into a full sized mirror where you can study your physical reactions as you try this experiment.
but I’ll lay money on it that at least 75% of you expanded your chest and allowed your shoulders to rise. I know I wasn’t there. it is the breathing pattern that the majority of us have developed out of habit. looking in the mirror with you. I don’t want you climbing into a crib. I want you to lie down on the floor. back. and ribs to expand outward 11 . What’s wrong with this? EVERYTHING. back. This is the #1 totally incorrect way for singers to breathe. let’s try it ourselves. As you breathe in through your nose. and ribs to expand outward. Notice how their little bellies rise up and down with every breath they take. Now. For fun. No. The correct. It is the way GOD intended it. Unfortunately. natural way to breathe is by allowing our abdomen. flat on your back and slowly breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. concentrate on making your stomach rise. Just watch a baby breathing while lying in a crib.The Ultimate Breathing Workout These are all good questions to ask yourself as you inhale. Allow your abdomen.
When you inhale. See how easy that was? Now stand up and try it again. The diaphragm is a large dome shaped muscle at the bottom of the ribs that separates the body in half. or more commonly called the throat. try putting a book on your stomach and force it to rise as you inhale. What Works Where? A lot of teachers preach diaphragmatic breathing. but do you have any clue what they are talking about? Let’s start by learning a thing or two about breathing anatomy. What makes the process easier is a muscle called the diaphragm. the air flows into the mouth. down the trachea. When you breathe in. The TRUE purpose of the diaphragm is to create a vacuum in the lungs to draw in air. but you’ll get the hang of it. by dropping down towards the Diaphragmatic Breathing follows the physical way the diaphragm works 12 .The Ultimate Breathing Workout If you are having trouble making your stomach rise. the diaphragm flattens out. is it? Abdominal breathing takes a little getting used to. and into the lungs. Not so easy.
The Ultimate Breathing Workout stomach. Of course. This can only happen if the lungs have room to expand. the air fills the lungs from the bottom up. When you pour the water in. because your stomach will expand due to the diaphragm dropping. They are larger at the bottom. When you allow your stomach to expand first as opposed to you upper chest. Think of a vase filling up with water. the bottom fills up first. If you don’t engage the diaphragm. you maximize your lung expansion by making more room in the chest cavity. when you inhale. making more room for the lungs to expand. you are preventing the lungs from expanding to their maximum capacity. Remember how little baby’s bellies expand? The lungs are similar to two triangles. So what if my chest expands instead of my stomach? That’s fine if you are only 13 . The lungs must fill with air from the bottom-up. and smaller at the top. It’s easy to tell if you are using your diaphragm when you inhale.
) If the diaphragm helps the inhalation 14 . it just expands because of diaphragm contractions. (Note: Now the belly isn’t really filling Fill your lungs from the bottom up! with air. or a mediocre singer. That’s your choice. for that matter. Which type of breathing seems the better choice for sustaining long notes? Easy question. When you breathe in by engaging your diaphragm.The Ultimate Breathing Workout planning on being a mediocre breather. you’ll fill at least 2/3 of your lungs with air. Chest breathing would be similar to only filling about 1/3 of the vase.
Breath support comes in when the diaphragm is used to slow the release of air from the lungs. “Sing from the diaphragm?” They have been taught that the diaphragm is responsible for breath support. I believe that a lot of teachers don’t fully understand the diaphragm. what’s responsible for the exhalation cycle? The stomach muscles are the responsible parties. This tightening is more noticeable when Control the rate of air release by adjusting the amount of stomach muscle tension. So what part does the diaphragm play in breath support? The diaphragm’s role is handling the inhalation cycle of breathing. Are they wrong? Not totally. the stomach muscles will slightly tighten to force the diaphragm to return to its normal relaxed position. You’ll better understand this term at the end of the book when I teach you the secrets of breathing. So. 15 . by using the Inhalation Sensation. why do so many teachers preach. When you exhale.The Ultimate Breathing Workout process. The diaphragm is only partially responsible for breath support.
you must learn to adjust the amount of stomach muscle tension. take a deep breath. then pretend that you are quickly blowing out a candle flame. When the diaphragm starts to return to its normal position. and possibly vocal strain. When singing. Enough about that… Let’s go back to the exhalation process. There is a correct way to tighten the stomach without hurting your voice. This causes a rushed release of air. If you’d like to know what this should feel like for a singer. too many singers incorrectly over-tighten the stomach when singing. You can control the rate of air release by adjusting the amount of stomach muscle tension. What I mean by this. air is released from the lungs. is. Did you feel your stomach tighten and relax? This is stomach muscle tension.The Ultimate Breathing Workout singing. You’ll learn about that at the end of the book too. and in some cases. too noticeable. If you incorrectly over-tighten the 16 . so as not to force the release of air from the lungs too quickly.
Too much breath pressure can also dry out your vocal cords and cause you to strain your voice. You should maintain the tense feeling in your stomach that you had when you were pretending to blow out a candle. So how do I know if my stomach muscles are too tight? Try this little experiment. you also tighten and lock up the vocal cords. But if someone socked you in the gut. NEVER lock your stomach muscles. When you are singing.The Ultimate Breathing Workout stomach muscles or push too hard. unless you know how to do it properly. like grunting. without completely locking your stomach. the How can you tell if your muscles are too tight? 17 . when you sing. Whenever you grunt. you won’t be able to sustain notes for very long. This can be vocally damaging. you should have a slight tension in the stomach. Put your hand on your stomach and grunt. The tension you want to feel when singing is minute (unless you are a hard rocker). Did you feel your stomach muscles and throat lock? This is way too tight for singing.
wait a minute. Just remember this saying. I hope that doesn’t happen. while creating a vacuum in the lungs to draw in air. when you sing. but it gets easier. Expand the belly. I know that at first it seems difficult to get used to breathing like this all of the time.” The stomach muscles should feel firm. Inhale.The Ultimate Breathing Workout air should fly right out. This makes room for the lungs to expand. How else are you going to completely fill up the lungs? Oh. “Firm but Flexible. I’m assuming that you will now be faithfully practicing diaphragmatic breathing. Maximum Breath Potential Okay. Then. maintain that “firm but flexible” tension in the stomach muscles. It’s simple. but should be flexible to touch. Your diaphragm should drop. which causes the stomach to bulge out. did I say completely? I thought that I said diaphragmatic 18 . but you get the picture. and keep the shoulders down. what have we learned so far about the breathing process? You open your mouth and inhale.
After your stomach expands. just as if it were a vase. Take a deep breath in through your nose and allow your stomach to begin expanding. 19 . keep filling up your vase with air. it completely fills from the bottom-up. out Singers should combine both chest and diaphragmatic breathing into one process. There is another way to breathe that allows you to COMPLETELY fill up the lungs if you wish to do so. A vase doesn’t fill up on just one side. you caught me. So how do I combine the two types of breathing? Let’s try another exercise. The best way that I have found for singers to breathe is to combine both chest and diaphragmatic breathing into one process. you are a vase. Allow your ribs to expand forward. When you pour water into a vase. so I expect your back muscles and ribs to expand as well.The Ultimate Breathing Workout breathing only fills up 2/3 of the lungs? All right. So now imagine that you are filling your body with air. Remember. It’s called using your Maximum Breath Potential. Remember the vase? I want you to let your body be a vase.
learning to sustain 20 . This is the one crucial aspect of breathing that most vocal teachers fail to mention: Expand the back and ribs when you inhale. You should be able to sustain high. Actually. The more room you create in the chest area. the more room you are creating for lung expansion.The Ultimate Breathing Workout to the sides. This involves the intercostals. loud. allow your upper chest to begin expanding. It’s all about breath control. resulting in chest expansion. you’ll be full of more hot air than you’ve ever imagined!!! I can’t think of a time that I had to fill my lungs to this extent. and backward. Finally. I bet by the time you are finished. or soft notes with the smallest amount of air. you really don’t need a huge amount of air to sustain long notes. I most definitely could. low. So. The contraction of the intercostals will pull the ribs upward and outward. The intercostals are muscles situated in between the ribs. then why is Maximum Breath Potential so beneficial to a singer? Because like I said. but if I ever needed to.
if you want to become an ultimate breathing machine.The Ultimate Breathing Workout long notes is about control. It’s sort of like lifting weights. you will have developed and strengthened your breathing apparatus. 50 pounds is suddenly easier. By developing your lung capacity through this type of breathing. you must first learn to breathe properly. If you develop your maximum inhalation and maximum exhalation. Now. to 100 pounds. over time you’ll gain muscle and increase your strength. say. you’ll strengthen your entire breathing mechanism. the less they have to work. right? So in conclusion. You’ll eventually have to increase your weight. And how do you do this? By learning to Develop maximum inhalation and maximum exhalation. to maintain total breath control. 21 . the less air you’ll need in order to sustain long notes. This means switching your breathing patterns from chest breathing to diaphragmatic breathing. The more room you create for lung capacity. If you begin working out with 50 pounds of weight. The stronger the lungs become.
or in other words the rate of air release from the lungs. Finally. ribs. you ask? Don’t worry. CHANGE THE WAY YOU BREATHE. The following exercises will show you how. This type of breathing should become a way of life for you. So how am I going to accomplish this. back. you must learn how to control the breath flow.The Ultimate Breathing Workout engage the diaphragm and intercostals to expand your belly and back muscles. This is maximum inhalation. Period!!! The next step is to expand your lung capacity by developing your Maximum Breath Potential. 22 . also known as maximum exhalation. Do I need to repeat myself? Expand the stomach. expand the chest. I’ve got you covered. and finally. I can’t say it any simpler. Nuff said.
The second step is to strengthen the diaphragm. like me. tuner. It has everything you’d ever need for vocal training. and lungs. You’ll be writing down your sustain times to keep track of your progress. If you are a computer nerd. haha. You can purchase one from any sports store or a family shopping store like K-Mart. stomach.00. I suggest that you purchase a stopwatch for tracking your time. You don’t need anything fancy. They were designed to develop correct breathing technique in three steps. you can also use the Vendera Digital Vocal Coach. tone generator. metronome. volume meter.stopwatch.The Routine… Before we begin the exercises. Stopwatches vary in price from $10. I am shamelessly promoting one of my other products. vocal scale generator. The first step is to teach you how to breathe properly. back muscles. The following exercises should be followed in order. 23 Purchase a stopwatch for tracking your time . digital recorder…Yes.00-$100. a basic stopwatch will do.
I want you to review your “breathing journal” to decide which areas need improving and which areas are developing at a steady rate. so that you can follow how well you are developing. is because I want you to begin keeping a journal of your daily progress. If you practice the series faithfully for at least three months. Each week. you’ll be ready for the breathing Olympics! 24 . Before we get started.The Ultimate Breathing Workout The third step is to develop breath control and increase your release time. I want you to grab a piece of paper and write down the names of the following exercises: Abdominal Release #1Abdominal Release #2Breath Capacity #1Breath Capacity #2Breath Release #1Breath Release #2Sustain #1Sustain #2Sustain #3The reason I had you write down the names of the exercises.
25 . This exercise focuses on that same feeling by hissing. (Remember. you’ll strengthen the abdominal muscles. The air isn’t really going into the stomach. Start by taking a deep breath in through the nose. Set your stopwatch and begin to hiss at a steady. this is just a visual. In The Basics. Now begin to hiss. I explained to you how you must maintain a tensing in the stomach muscles as if you were blowing out a candle. while focusing on developing your Maximum Breath Potential. Don’t forget to expand the ribs by engaging the intercostals. controlled rate. By hissing the air out.The Ultimate Breathing Workout So are you ready to get started? Here we go! Abdominal Release #1 The first exercise in this series will strengthen the abdominal and intercostals.) Make sure to fill the vase from the bottom up. Remember to breathe into your belly first. like a sustained “sssss”.
but don’t do it. Remember. Just think. It will feel uncomfortable and a little funny. Your abdominal muscles will basically be fighting your intercostals for control. Your abdominal muscles will want to push in. you’ll maintain a larger cavity in the chest.The Ultimate Breathing Workout There will come a point when your stomach muscles begin to burn. the closer you are coming to sustaining notes for long periods of time. Don’t let your abs win! 26 . like you aren’t in control of your stomach. the longer you are able to hang on. which in turn. You are developing stomach muscle control. Abdominal Release #1 Example The tricky part is keeping the ribs expanded outward for as long as you can. slows the air release rate. If you keep the ribs expanded while you release your air supply. while your intercostals want to let the ribs collapse when they should stay expanded. It’s going to be very tempting to give up and inhale. this exercise is to help strengthen the intercostals as well. Try to hang on.
I’ll pretend that I’m doing the process with you for my very first time. you are teaching them patience. The burning sensation will eventually pass as you strengthen the stomach muscles. This will tighten and strengthen both the stomach muscles and the lungs. I’ll write down the following: Abdominal Release #1. but I had already been singing for some time. Ten seconds is fine for your first time.31 seconds Abdominal Release #2 Another exercise for strengthening the stomach muscles is to repetitively force your air supply to release on a single breath until you are completely empty. They are learning to release breath at a controlled rate. My first time. 27 . I want you to write down your time on your chart. I was able to hang on for thirty-one seconds. So.The Ultimate Breathing Workout You are teaching the abdominal and intercostals a muscle memory pattern. I’ll use my original progress sheet. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t hold out very long. or as I prefer to say.
One of the main reasons for vocal strain and the inability to sustain notes is incorrectly “overtensing” the stomach muscles. a strong set of abs will help you to control “over-tensing” your stomach. I want you to forcefully hiss the air out. This shouldn’t take any longer than one second. This isn’t a slow sustained hiss. (I’ll eventually teach you how to correctly tighten your stomach muscles for more power.) 28 . on one breath. even though you don’t need a lot of stomach muscle pressure for singing. Abdominal Release #2 Example Why should I put so much emphasis on developing the abdominal muscles if I’m trying to decrease stomach muscle tension? Because. Hold this empty feeling for about one second then forcefully exhale again. Exhale at onesecond intervals. So a strong set of abs is definitely a benefit.The Ultimate Breathing Workout Start by breathing in through your nose and then completely exhaling by hissing all of the air out. as many times as you can. typically.
Trust me. I am going to write down that I was able to release and hold two times: Abdominal Release #2.2X 29 . fresh air is a body benefit! Again.The Ultimate Breathing Workout One might think. the main purpose of this exercise is to strengthen the stomach muscles and lungs. which will allow you to inhale a full fresh breath. How many times were you able to exhale? I bet that you learned that you have more breath capacity than you thought.” That’s not true. Now I want you to write down how many times you were able to repeat the process. When you do this exercise. The lungs aren’t used to being emptied to such an extreme. That’s actually a sign of weak stomach muscles and/or an untrained breather. “My stomach muscles are too strong. you will release that last bit of stale air trapped in your lungs. There is usually a tiny bit of air left in the bottom. that’s why I push so hard.
the more comfortable it will be to release air at a slow. developing your breath capacity. the longer you can hold your breath.The Ultimate Breathing Workout Breath Capacity #1 If you want to learn how to sustain longer notes you must learn to control the release of your breath capacity. and lungs. The last two exercises strengthened the intercostals. This exercise works with the lungs. You’ll get that same muscle burn feeling 30 . Keep your ribs expanded!!! Set your stopwatch and hold. the closer you are coming to reaching your breathing goals. How long can you hold your breath? Remember. Don’t forget to fill your lungs from the bottom up. while giving you the chance to practice developing your Maximum Breath Potential. The longer you can hold your breath. controlled rate. without feeling like you are suffocating. hold. start by taking a deep belly breath in through your nose and then hold. abdominal (stomach) muscles. hold. So.
Wow! That’s a great start. So I’ll write down the following: Breath Capacity #1. That’s great! You know it’s working. Write down your time on your chart. then holding our breath. Not only is it beneficial to increase the time you can hold your breath. You must strengthen the lungs for both full capacity and no capacity. In the next few exercises.The Ultimate Breathing Workout in the chest and stomach as you did in the first exercise. I was able to hold my breath for forty-four seconds. this will get you used to the uneasy feeling of slow breath release. or breath release. This way. we are going to work on developing your breath control. it is equally important to increase the time you can hold without any breath. you will feel comfortable when slowing 31 . Hold your breath as long as you can.44 seconds Breath Capacity #2 This time we are going to do the reverse by completely exhaling. Why? Because.
So while you write down your time. It feels a lot different holding absolutely no breath as opposed to holding a full breath. This is when most singers begin to feel uncomfortable and generally let go. Now exhale and hold as long as you can. but you are tougher than that. you’ll have a better chance of holding on. So. instead of letting go. If you strengthen the lungs and develop a tolerance for the uncomfortable feeling of an empty set of lungs. As you release your air supply when singing. even with over half their air supply still left in the lungs. I’ll write down mine: 32 .The Ultimate Breathing Workout down the release rate from the lungs. I know it’s burning and feels pretty uncomfortable. get ready to set your stopwatch. Don’t give up… Congratulations… you did it!!! Don’t you feel good about yourself? I made it for twenty-five seconds. you get closer and closer to an empty set of lungs.
I know what you are thinking. When you hiss. which was a non-vocal exercise. there is no vocal cord resistance to slow down the release.25 seconds Breath Release #1 The purpose of The Ultimate Breathing Workout is to develop your maximum breathing potential. Talking and singing changes everything. What I mean by non-vocal. The only way to develop this potential to its fullest is by learning how to control breath release by sustaining notes. by coming together. as far as breathing is concerned. you hissed.The Ultimate Breathing Workout Breath Capacity #2.” Although this sounds like a logical 33 . then I should be able to hold out notes longer than I can hiss. In the first exercise. which resist the air release from the lungs. you weren’t making any sound with the vocal cords. You are now involving the vocal cords. Abdominal Release #1. “If the vocal cords resist the flow of air.
34 . you learn to control the airflow release at a constant rate by adjusting intercostals. while using the mouth as a pressure release valve. which remain relaxed when hissing. Each time you reach ten. for this exercise. and stomach muscle pressure. I want you to count out loud to ten as many times as possible. The different mouth positions from vowels and consonants allow for more air to escape than a steady hiss. Again.The Ultimate Breathing Workout argument. It’s basically muscle memory. When you sing. When you are hissing. So. When you sing. so it only makes sense to practice sustaining vocalized sounds. hissing is a controlled release. which will cause you to lose your breath at variable rates. this isn’t necessarily so. diaphragmatic. start over again. When you sing. Plus you are working the vocal muscles. you’ll be vocalizing. you are involving the work of various vocal muscles and different mouth positions by singing vowels and consonants. you are involving consonants and vowels.
4X Breath Release #2 The reason I had you count was to incorporate different vowels and consonants. For example: 1-2345678910. So I’ll write down the following: Breath Release #1.The Ultimate Breathing Workout by beginning with the next highest number from one. Rushing is cheating. etc… Don’t rush when you are counting. 2-2345678910. isn’t too bad for my first time. singing requires more air control than hissing. by the way. A good rate would be one hundred twenty (120) beats per minute or two numbers per second. 3-2345678910. 4-2345678910. which. due to vocal cord involvement and different mouth positions. Keep it steady. 35 . Breath Release #1 Example Write down your progress. I made it through four sets of ten. As you recall from the last exercise.
Breath Release #2 Example I made it through one full alphabet and to J. and how far you made it into the next.1-J Sustain #1 In the Breath Release exercises. The first exercise in the program worked with controlled breath release through hissing. like the last exercise. Since I made it through the alphabet once.The Ultimate Breathing Workout This time. 36 . When you fill in your chart. don’t rush. we are going to say our ABCs out loud. but saying your ABCs is a great way to develop breath control. we worked on increasing our sustain time. Again. I know you aren’t in kindergarten any more. write down how many times you made it through the alphabet. to cover all vowels and basic consonants. and all the way to J in the second set. I’ll write down the following: Breath Release #2. my second time through.
it’s time to start “vocalizing” (singing) while performing the exercises. But you are a singer. you are absolutely right. right? So shouldn’t you be vocalizing when doing these exercises? Well. Since the whole point of this program is to develop breath control and increase sustain time for singing. You’ll find that it is a little tougher than counting to ten over and over again while only “speaking” the numbers.The Ultimate Breathing Workout The breath release exercises helped to develop breath release by “talking” your way through the alphabet and counting. Sustain #1 Example I was only able to “vocalize” my way up 37 . At this point in the program. I don’t expect you to sing an opera while you count to one hundred. just maintain a steady even pitch as you count. it only makes sense to vocalize for the last few exercises. I want you to sustain a steady pitch while you count. So I want you to begin counting as high as you can while vocalizing.
The purpose of the “zzzzzzz” sound was to allow you to grow accustomed to the buzzing sensation that I want you to feel 38 .20 Sustain #2 I like to call this exercise the buzzing exercise because it makes your head and chest “buzz” from resonance. I’ll write down the following: Sustain #1. When you become accustomed to the buzzing sensation. close your mouth and begin vocalizing an “mmmmmmm” sound. Begin by sustaining a steady “zzzzzzz” until you can feel your whole head buzz. Concentrate on creating a buzzing sensation in your head. Set your stopwatch and sustain the “mmmmmmm” sound as long as you can.The Ultimate Breathing Workout to twenty my first time. You’ll notice that your chest will possibly begin to “buzz” from the resonance as well. Did you beat me? I hope so! While you fill in your chart.
when sustaining the “mmmmmmm” sound. throat. chest. just teasing…About the empty head part. You are your own reverb chamber! Did I lose you? Still not sure what reverberate means? Do you have any idea why your voice sounds so great in the shower? Because the sound waves produced by your voice are bouncing off the solid walls of the shower. and head. Haha. mouth. and skull. creating tons of echoes in your empty head. This creates mini echoes of your voice (also known as 39 . chest.The Ultimate Breathing Workout in your teeth. Actually resonance can occur throughout all of your body. What’s resonance? Resonance is the production of multiple sound waves when the sound of your voice “bounces around” in the open cavities of your body. the more resonance you are producing. your voice reverberates inside your mouth. I want you to focus on feeling this buzzing sensation in your teeth. The stronger the buzzing sensation you can produce. So basically.
Then close your mouth and begin to sing “mmmmmm” for as long as you can. Concentrate on keeping the teeth buzzing regardless of pitch. try to feel the buzzing in your head.The Ultimate Breathing Workout reverberation). start your zzzzzzz’s. the fuller your voice will sound. the less breath pressure you’ll have to apply with your stomach in order to sustain a note. Turn on your stopwatch. 40 . The more buzzing you produce. All right. You might even get a little dizzy from the buzzing in your head. If it’s a low pitch. which in turn will make your voice sound fuller. The cool thing is that the more reverberations. or resonance. you learn to produce. Getting your body to buzz can easily reproduce these mini echoes. back to the exercise. Resonance will make the note “float” out of you. When you practice on higher pitches. You can internally do the same by focusing on creating these mini echoes (reverberations). try to get your chest buzzing as well as your teeth.
this is what I used to do before I knew anything about breathing exercises. but the whole system will make you a breathing superstar.40 seconds Sustain #3 This last exercise is my favorite. In fact. I made it to forty seconds. Start on a pitch that is comfortable for your range.The Ultimate Breathing Workout That’s all right. I’ll bet you held out longer than I did. This means you are doing great. Sustain #2 Example So how did you do? Don’t forget to write down your time. It’s very simple. This one exercise will produce dramatic results. for as long as you possibly can. or until you can sustain that pitch 41 . I don’t want you to strain. It is also the basis of breath control that I use for the Raise Your Voice system. like in “play”. You should continue to use the pitch you have chosen for several weeks. All I want you to do is sing “A”. So I’ll write down the following: Sustain #2.
The Ultimate Breathing Workout for at least thirty seconds. continue working your way up the scale a half step at a time until you can hold each pitch for at least thirty seconds. Sustain #3 Example After you have mastered your first pitch. So if you start on an E below Tenor C. and so on and so forth… When you have covered your entire range. move up to an F after you can hold the E for thirty seconds. start again from the bottom with a five to ten second increase in sustain time as your new goal. Each time you have mastered your range. only this time change your sustain time to forty seconds. move up to an F#. When you can hold the F for thirty seconds. start from the bottom again. Do you remember in the beginning of the book when I told you about how I am always asked about how I am able to hold out notes for long periods at a time? This exercise is basically what I am doing 42 .
Back to the exercise: I sang an E below Tenor C for twenty-five seconds. I’ll write down both the note and the length that I held the note: Sustain #3. I’ve held out notes for well over a minute. When performing live. Maybe tomorrow I’ll hit thirty seconds and move on to an F. using the secrets from the next chapter.E/25 seconds 43 .The Ultimate Breathing Workout when I sustain long notes. like a Tenor C for as long as I can. I hold out a pitch. So while you fill in your chart.
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Right?). These secrets will prove that breathing is an essential part of singing. I have a few others that I need to discuss with you first. Okay. Before I explain this secret in detail. They are just common sense breath technique applications that few people know about. I can sum it up in one sentence: Pretend you are inhaling (breathing in) while you are singing (breathing out). If you’ve read Raise Your Voice. but I believe that they should be reviewed.The Secrets… Now that you have mastered the exercises. We have covered several of these secrets throughout the book. Most of these secrets really aren’t secrets at all. I want to share with you some breathing secrets that will make you a breathing superstar. then you know the #1 major secret. 45 . maybe I lied. I call this the Inhalation Sensation. (I know you’ve been practicing day and night.
The only way I was able to sing the song without straining was by practicing a new breathing technique I had learned that required me to expand my stomach. Wayward Son”. Even though I didn’t full understand “diaphragmatic breathing” at that time.The Ultimate Breathing Workout You should begin applying these secrets to your exercise routine and using them each and every time you breathe. your vocal cords won’t be over-stressed. I was still reaping the benefits of correct breath technique. and sing. Proper breath technique can eliminate vocal strain. 46 . before I developed my vocal range. talk. Wow. I was singing in a cover band. and your voice will benefit. Imagine that. Diaphragmatic (Belly) Breathing is the First Secret! Years ago. and I was having trouble singing the Kansas tune “Carry On. If you aren’t pushing as hard and wasting away your air supply.
The Ultimate Breathing Workout Although diaphragmatic (belly breathing) is the first secret. and… keep your ribs expanded!!! 47 . but. expanding your stomach. by keeping my ribs expanded. The Second Secret is Keeping Your Ribs Expanded! If you keep the ribs expanded as you sing and release your breath. for full lung capacity. it doesn’t stop there. back. An expanded ribcage will give you a bigger sound and will minimize vocal stress. Let’s Combine the First Two Secrets Together for the Third Secret: Maximum Breath Potential! This type of breathing combines both chest and diaphragmatic breathing. then chest. I was able to conquer Judas Priest. and keep the diaphragm down. so to speak. you help to maintain an open chest cavity. and slows breath release. Expand your ribs. An expanded belly helped me to defeat Kansas. This gives your lungs “room to breathe”. fill your lungs from the bottom up.
check out my book Raise Your Voice. The Fifth Secret is Learning to Correctly Inhale and Exhale It might sound silly. This doesn’t undermine the importance of chest and head resonance. vocal freedom. The Fourth Secret is the Creation of Resonance Resonance plays a major role in sound quality. you will be able to create resonance within the body and the notes will float out with little breath effort.The Ultimate Breathing Workout Remember. you don’t need to take a huge breath to sustain long notes. The buzzing sensation in the teeth is a sure sign that both head and chest resonance are present. If you want to know more about resonance and resonance production. The important point is to maintain the sensation of buzzing in your teeth when you sing. If you can do this while you sing. The next few secrets will help. It’s about controlling the release of the breath. and breath control. but many people do not know how to inhale and exhale 48 .
This is a very quick breath that you should barely be able to hear. The best way for singers to inhale the breath is to keep the ribs expanded before you inhale. or like Darth Vader. You can accomplish this by keeping the vocal cords wide open. Unnecessarily drying out the vocal cords only endangers vocal health. Focus on eliminating this habit. when you exhale. you can be sure that you are doing it wrong. The cords must stay lubricated to vibrate properly.The Ultimate Breathing Workout properly. which is drying them out. You are keeping them together. When you inhale. If you hear any breathiness as you inhale. 49 . If you sound breathy. The majority of vocal problems stem from inhalation and exhalation. you want to maintain a quiet breath. and take what I call a micro-quiet breath. you aren’t opening the vocal cords wide. Inhalation Example Exhaling can be as damaging as inhaling.
I was about halfway through the note and felt like I was almost out of breath. When I would sing. I was also working on resonance by keeping my teeth buzzing. I was able to double my sustain time with ease. and I wasn’t going to be able to hold out any longer… All of a sudden my whole 50 . I would expand my ribs and take a deep belly breath. I thought I was going to have to give up. that very same day!!! I really don’t even remember how it happened. When I first discovered the Inhalation Sensation. but it worked wonders!!! I was performing live. and I remember having to hold out a really long note.The Ultimate Breathing Workout Exhalation Example Okay… back to the Inhalation Sensation… This is the Sixth and #1 Major Secret to Sustaining Notes and Gaining Breath Control. When I first discovered this technique (on my own) I was utilizing my Maximum Breath Potential.
including myself. Not only did I hold the note as long as I needed.The Ultimate Breathing Workout mental and vocal setup switched gears… Suddenly. I kept holding and holding and holding the note out until everyone. effortlessly! So. From that day on I have applied the Inhalation Sensation technique to my breathing exercises and my vocal performances. I wasn’t exhaling anymore. was in a state of disbelief. I believe the reason the Inhalation Sensation works is because when you visualize inhaling as opposed to exhaling. I kept going!!! I held the note out twice as long as I had to. and the note was floating right out of me. This helps to keep the diaphragm down and allows the diaphragm to relax at a natural rate. which in turn slows the air release from the lungs. This technique is an added bonus and an aid to your 51 . it felt like I was breathing in the note as I was singing. you actually release any incorrect stomach muscle tension (like when grunting) that is applied up towards the diaphragm.
Start applying the Inhalation Sensation to all of your breathing exercises. Make sure to make a note in your diary on the day you started using this technique. I bet you’ll start noticing a huge difference in your sustain times almost immediately.The Ultimate Breathing Workout Maximum Breath Potential. The Last and Seventh Secret is Correctly Tightening the Stomach Muscles for Breath Control and Power This “secret” has been used by most of the big rock stars of the 80’s. and range. volume. while helping to eliminate unnecessary breath 52 . and has increased range and power through a simple application of the stomach muscles… Remember when I said that you should never lock the stomach or throat? This is still totally true. But… Do you remember when I said there was a correct way to tighten the stomach? What if I told you there were a way to tighten the stomach that would actually give you more power.
she’s no bigger than a minute! She has taught singers like Axl Rose and Michael Bolton. and started applying her techniques. I was having trouble breaking wine glasses with my voice. None of her huge list of clients wanted any of their vocal competition knowing what they had learned from Elizabeth. strongest voices ever. and was one of the best-kept secrets of the music industry. 53 . if that’s possible. While preparing for my appearance on the Discovery Channel show MythBusters. and. and as of right now. My voice seemed to become louder and stronger. It gave me the extra power I needed to break the glasses. Strengthening Your Singing Voice. Then I read Elizabeth Sabine’s book. I have broken too many to count.The Ultimate Breathing Workout pressure… Elizabeth Sabine is an 84-year old voice teacher from California who has one of the biggest. without amplification (who wouldn’t have trouble with that).
but realized that by developing and focusing on this technique.The Ultimate Breathing Workout Needless to say. Jim Gillette. and he told me that he always tightened his stomach muscles this way to hit those “banshee” screams. If you engage the stomach muscles correctly. of Saliva. just like having a bowel movement. She likens the diaphragm to a big speaker cone. not the vocal cords. Josey Scott. all you need to do is tighten the stomach muscles by pushing straight down. Elizabeth claims that volume and power should come from the diaphragm and abdominal muscles. I started analyzing my technique and realized that I had unconsciously been doing the same thing on high notes. I could improve my voice. you create electrical energy that powers the speaker cone (diaphragm). told me that he always feels as if he sings from his stomach area. This is the only correct way to create the electrical 54 . One of my favorite singers. To activate this electrical energy. I talked to a friend of mine.
Only tighten straight down!!! To properly use your diaphragm for this technique. like a speaker cone. does not relieve excess breath pressure. Tightening up. you must keep the ribs expanded.The Ultimate Breathing Workout energy needed to power the diaphragm. This will lock up the vocal cords. preventing airflow and causing vocal strain. If you tighten the stomach muscles any other way. On low notes. This allows the diaphragm to lay down flat and wide. the ribs will be expanded wide. You cannot lock the muscles like when grunting. to keep the pressure off the vocal cords. like in certain classical styles of teaching. or in. So with ribs wide. It helps to visualize the sound coming straight out at diaphragm level when you sing. You also should not force the stomach straight out. try singing out from your diaphragm and see if this method works for you. you are doing it wrong. out. and on 55 . but you should be doing this out of habit by now. and the stomach tightened straight down.
the louder. “I DON”T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL!!!” Do you remember that intensity and passion in your voice? I bet you never lost your voice at that tender age. The tighter you push down. volume. then you MUST push down harder. If done correctly. the more electricity you produce. the less air on the cords. stronger. Elizabeth also says that you must be passionate about your singing. Do you remember when you were a child and you shouted. the ribs will come in some. If you want more range. That’s because you tightened your stomach and shouted with passion and conviction. you can never over-do it. and the diaphragm will rise slightly to a point.The Ultimate Breathing Workout higher notes. or want to sing wit some grit in your voice. If you 56 . power. The downward stomach pressure helps to keep the diaphragm down and the air pressure off the vocal cords. and higher you will be able to sing. almost crying out emotion as you sing every line.
is a must-read.The Ultimate Breathing Workout intend to be a great singer. To learn more about Elizabeth Sabine and a more detailed description of her teaching methods. filling the lungs from the bottom up.net. Strengthening Your Singing Voice. keep your ribs expanded! The intercostals will oppose the stomach muscles to control the air release rate from the lungs. When you begin to sing. Don’t 57 . check out her website at www.elizabethsabine. With the ribs expanded. if you want to make it as a singer. This is your Maximum Breath Potential. Shouting Demonstration Elizabeth’s book. you must be passionate when you sing. 2. So once more I’ll explain the entire breathing process: 1. breathe in through your nose. Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust once told me that you have to sing with passion and conviction.
com. if you want more power.The Ultimate Breathing Workout forget to keep tension in your stomach muscles. 3. You’ll double your sustain time!!! 5. Utilize the Inhalation Sensation. You can purchase Raise Your Voice at the website www. tighten the stomach muscles straight down. Singing with passion and conviction.raiseyourvoicebook. like blowing out a candle. Keep your teeth buzzing! Resonance production in the body helps the notes “float” out effortlessly. read Raise Your Voice. And. 4. instead of exhaling when you sing. not just the teeth. It’s an opposing process. For a more detailed explanation of full resonance expansion. will give you a 58 . like going to the bathroom. You should develop resonance within the whole body. This will make the job of the diaphragm and intercostals easier. Just pretend that you are inhaling.
When you sing with emotion.The Ultimate Breathing Workout stronger voice. That’s it!!! You now possess the knowledge that will enable you to compete in the Breathing Olympics. Only you can make this happen. you’ll be amazing. I’ll share with you my actual “breathing diary” from the conception of this program over fourteen years ago. In the next chapter. If you try this program for three months. with less of a chance of losing your voice. you’ll tighten the stomach muscles down and take the strain of excess breath pressure off your vocal cords. 59 . It’s up to you now. Try this program for at least one month.
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C.R . R.The Chart… 12/03 1991 12/03 A.# 1 31 sec 32 sec 35 sec 36 sec 37 sec 38 sec 39 sec 41 sec 41 sec 42 sec 43 sec A.#2 1-J S. R. #2 2X B.C .#3 E/25 sec E/25 sec E/27 sec E/28 sec E/29 sec E/30 sec F/14 sec F/15 sec F/17 sec F/20 sec F/22 sec 12/04 2X 4X 1-L 21 12/05 2X 4X 1-M 22 12/06 3X 4X 1-N 23 12/07 3X 5X 1-T 23 12/08 3X 5X 1-U 24 12/09 3X 5X 1-V 25 12/10 3X 5X 2 27 12/11 3X 5X 2 30 12/12 3X 6X 2-D 31 12/13 3X 6X 2-E 32 61 . #2 25 sec 26 sec 27 sec 28 sec 29 sec 30 sec 31 sec 32 sec 33 sec 34 sec 35 sec B R. #1 4X B.#1 44 sec 45 sec 46 sec 47 sec 48 sec 49 sec 50 sec 55 sec 56 sec 57 sec 58 sec B. #1 20 S.# 2 40 sec 40 sec 40 sec 41 sec 42 sec 43 sec 43 sec 45 sec 45 sec 45 sec 47 sec S.
The Ultimate Breathing Workout 12/14 44 sec 45 sec 47 sec 48 sec 49 sec 50 sec 51 sec 52 sec 54 sec 55 sec 56 sec 57 sec 58 sec 4X 1 mi n 1 mi n 61 sec 62 sec 63 sec 67 sec 68 sec 68 sec 70 sec 70 sec 70 sec 74 sec 75 sec 36 sec 37 sec 38 sec 39 sec 40 sec 41 sec 42 sec 43 sec 44 sec 47 sec 48 sec 51 sec 54 sec 6X 2-E 35 47 sec 48 sec 49 sec 50 sec 51 sec 52 sec 52 sec 54 sec 55 sec 56 sec 57 sec 1 min 61 sec F/23 sec F/24 sec F/25 sec F/25 sec F/28 sec F/30 sec F#/1 6 sec F#/1 6 sec F#/1 9 sec F#/2 0 sec F#/2 0 sec F#/2 2 sec F#/2 3 sec 12/15 4X 6X 2-G 38 12/16 4X 7X 2-H 40 12/17 4X 7X 2-I 41 12/18 4X 7X 2-J 42 12/19 4X 7X 2-K 44 12/20 4X 7X 2-N 45 12/21 4X 7X 2-O 47 12/22 4X 8X 2-Q 52 12/23 5X 8X 2-S 55 12/24 5X 8X 2-U 58 12/25 5X 8X 2W 2-Y 59 12/26 5X 8X 64 62 .
like I did.The Ultimate Breathing Workout 12/27 59 sec 59 sec 64 sec 67 sec 5X 77 sec 80 sec 82 sec 85 sec 56 sec 58 sec 1 min 1 min 9X 3 66 62 sec 63 sec 64 sec 65 sec F#/2 4 sec F#/2 5 sec F#/2 5 sec F#/2 5 sec 12/28 5X 9X 3 70 12/29 5X 9X 3-A 70 12/30 5X 11 X 3-B 74 On the previous pages. When you make your chart. be sure to fill out the date you began the program in the top left corner. 63 . It’s pretty simple to follow. if you were keeping track on a sheet of paper of how well you were doing as we learned the exercises. I presented to you a four-week chart of my actual “breathing diary” from the conception of this unique program back in 1990. Keep track of the date every day. You should know how to fill out the chart. A chart just makes it simpler to track your progress.
This is normal. or one letter. 64 . If I didn’t reach my goal. number. I knew that if I could reach forty seconds one day. Although my gains were not dramatic. If you want to reach your breathing potential. you might go through a slow process of increasing sustain times. Then. one number. I still want you to aim for three months. I would strive each day to increase all the exercises by at least one second. I could have put my three-month chart in the book. you’ll notice that I steadily improved every week. but I figured four weeks would be more than enough to explain the program. or letter each day. I didn’t get discouraged. Strive for at least one more second.The Ultimate Breathing Workout If you review the chart. I did continue increasing my sustain times. you increase your numbers by leaps and bounds. You’ll find that in the beginning. then I should be able to reach forty-one seconds the next. you should do this program for three months straight as I did.
Raise Your Voice. and of course. my book. Thomas Appell’s. Brett Manning’s Singing Success Program. Elizabeth Sabine’s Strengthening Your Singing Voice.thevoiceconnection. Can You Sing a High C Without Straining.com. So how did I do at the end of three months compared to my first day? 65 . You can learn about these teachers and purchase their products through www.The Ultimate Breathing Workout To be an excellent singer takes more than correct breath technique. Melissa Cross’ Zen of Screaming DVDs. Robert Lunte’s The Five Pillars of Screaming. Some great books and methods are Jim Gillette’s Vocal Power DVD. Mark Baxter’s Rock-n-Roll Singer’s Survival Manual.raiseyourvoicebook.com or www. You need guidance in improving your singing voice.
3-B Sustain #1.40 seconds Sustain #3.122 seconds Abdominal Release #2.25 seconds Breath Release #1.85 seconds Breath Capacity #2.20 Sustain #2.67 seconds Abdominal Release #2.1 minute Breath Release #1.74 Sustain #2.12X Breath Capacity #1.3 minutes Breath Release #1.2X Breath Capacity #1.21x 66 .44 seconds Breath Capacity #2.11X Breath Release #2.1-J Sustain #1.The Ultimate Breathing Workout First Day Abdominal Release #1.31 seconds Abdominal Release #2.65 seconds Sustain #3.F#/25 seconds Three Months Abdominal Release #1.4 minutes-15 seconds Breath Capacity #2.E/25 seconds Four Weeks Abdominal Release #1.4X Breath Release #2.5X Breath Capacity #1.
1 minute-22 seconds Sustain #3. Here is a “breathing bonus” for all of you air addicts.G/1 minute-10 seconds This is a major improvement over my first time practicing this breathing program. They are however an excellent way to 67 . But. I give to you the same luck and encouragement that my teachers gave me. what are you waiting for? I’m done jabbering. You can make your own luck by practicing!!! So.7-R Sustain #1-154 Sustain #2. The following exercises are NOT part of the regular routine. I was a fanatic about practicing. I thought I was done jabbering. at the time. Guess I was wrong. wait a minute. You have got to dedicate yourself to the improvement process if you want to see results as dramatic as these. Get busy!!!!!!! ONE LAST BREATH BUILDER Whoops.The Ultimate Breathing Workout Breath Release #2.
let me get you started. Try for as many times as you can. diaphragmatic and intercostal muscles as well as strengthen the lungs tremendously. one that will really expand and simply blow it up repeatedly. If you want to make it exciting. In a couple of weeks when you feel you’ve mastered this 68 .The Ultimate Breathing Workout build the stomach. So now that you kind of have an idea of where I am going. No I don’t mean keep volunteering for balloon blowing at parties three times a week. Strive to blow up one balloon as many times as you can in one session. Get a nice size balloon. Try this exercise at least three days a week for a few weeks. I learned this trick when hurriedly trying to fill up an air mattress as fast as I could. volunteer to blow up several hundred balloons for a party. That was just a one-time suggestion. BREATH BUILDER #1 There are three different exercises in the breath builder series and the first one starts with a simple balloon. or blow up as many balloons as you can and giving them to you kid brother or sister to play with.
set your stopwatch and see just how fast you can completely blow it up. move on to the second exercise. BREATH BUILDER #3 Ah. Once you have your raft. BREATH BUILDER #2 Well. I bet you’ll surprise yourself at how fast you can accomplish this task. Luckily for me. and it might be hard to find one in the winter…unless you live in Florida. the initial reason a light went off in my head to create this series of exercises. the kind for pool lounging.The Ultimate Breathing Workout exercise and are ready for a better challenge. last but not least. move on to the third exercise. If you’ve been doing your regular daily routine. I was visiting a close friend of mine and had to blow up an air mattress. I didn’t have an 69 . Once you’ve become accustomed to this exercise and feel you’ve reached your top time. I hope it is summer while you are reading this because you are going to need a small blowup floating raft.
unless of course you do a lot of cardio regularly. I impressed my friend (you know who you are brother) and myself and blew it up in under a half hour. Well. I’m going to stick to my “right under twenty minutes” story to make you work harder. At this point. Be patient.The Ultimate Breathing Workout air pump. Set your timer and go to work. Yeah most people would have griped and complained but I took it as a personal challenge to prove just how strong my lungs were. I believe it was closer to under twenty minutes. 70 . The more you do this last exercise. I only suggest trying this exercise once a week. If you get light headed. for this exercise you’ll need to purchase one of those blue full size air mattresses. the stronger your lungs. So. intercostals. stomach muscles and diaphragm will become and it will become easier and quicker for you to do. I’d like to offer a word of caution. stop and take a break. Your goal is to beat me. You are taking in a lot more oxygen then you are used to. Beating me isn’t worth passing out.
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The Breath Builder series is an exercise supplement to your regular routine and will dramatically increase your regular routine gains. This is not a series you need to adopt as part of your regular routine. You should finish up this series within a few months and maybe try it again in six months to a year if you feel the need. If it were me though, I’d write down my gains ever time I did these exercises and keep track of my progress. So now I guess it IS really time to get busy. Have fun with Ultimate Breathing Workout and don’t to stop by The Voice Connection Message Forum and tell us about your results. Now if you don’t mind, I’ve got an air mattress to blow up.
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I knew this part would eventually come. I hope that you have enjoyed The Ultimate Breathing Workout, and I hope that you have learned a lot about your breathing habits. If you weren’t a champion breather, I believe that you are now. The Ultimate Breathing Workout is the perfect companion manual to my first book, Raise Your Voice, the owner’s manual for the voice. If you practice the techniques from both books you’ll be able to hit notes as high and hold notes as long as this singer. Wow!!! That was pretty amazing!!! This incredible scream was from a song called Machine Gunn Eddie. The singer was none other than my friend Jim Gillette of Nitro. Of course, Jim would say that if you are going to hit notes that high and hold em’ for that long, you’d better practice, practice, practice. So, get busy!!!
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singing in the school choir. flute. Jaime’s early life was enriched in the fine arts. Singing professionally since the age of sixteen. harmonica and piano. He started singing at the age of three when he discovered the power that the voice gave him to become the center of attention. Jaime didn’t begin vocal study until the age of eighteen when he felt he 75 . and performing in theatrical arts.About The Author… Jaime Vendera is a vocal teacher who has studied voice for more than seventeen years. including instrumental studies of saxophone.
he sought out the advice of professionals such as Jim Gillette. After a year of vocal study under the guidance of vocal instructor Shirley Crothers. After extensive years of training and studying voice. Jaime has authored several books. reflexology. Thomas Appell.The Ultimate Breathing Workout could go no further without fully understanding the concepts of voice. training CDs. vocal health products and a software program for singers. Elizabeth Sabine. Jaime moved to Hollywood. Still yearning for more. 76 . and hypnosis. yoga. California to study voice at the Vocal Institute of Technology at the Musician’s Institute. James Carson. Mark Slaughter and vocal coaches such as. Tony Harnell. Still yearning for a deeper understanding of voice. and Brett Manning. at Shawnee State University in Ohio. he studied vocal and health related subjects such as vocal and breathing technique. herbology.
77 . currently resides in Ohio. shattering a wine glass. on film. Ryan. confirming that a singer can shatter a glass with the un-amplified voice. Jim Gillette. DVDs.The Ultimate Breathing Workout With the aid and guidance of one of Jaime’s top vocal coaches. along with his wife. Jaime perfected the art of shattering glass with his voice. and has appeared on Good Morning America. Jaime. Jaime is currently and continually working on methods to improve vocal production including new books. voice related products and seminars with Tony Harnell. and his son. Jaime is officially the first documented singer to shatter a glass by voice alone. leading to a multitude of television shows worldwide. This led to his appearance on MythBusters. Diane. as a guest of Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of the Discovery Channel hit. with the aid of an amplifier. MythBusters.
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Terry Illous. To the three men who made it possible for me to regain my vocal chops after surgery: Tim Odle. software and book ideas. Where do I start…Thank you so much for teaching me to shatter glass. allowing me to use a sound clip of your incredible voice for this book. I can’t turn it off and that’s not a bad thing. Thanks for your vocal input. To Molly Burnside for putting up with me. To my son Ryan: The best bass player in the world. and Elizabeth Sabine. To all of the singer’s I have interviewed thus far at The Voice Connection.Thanks… I would like to thank God for continually filling my mind with wonderful product. Wil Martin. believing in me and the website. Greg Seymour. Brent Smith. To my loving wife Diane. To Neil Tarvin for all of your help and guidance. getting me on national television. Josey Scott. Extra special thanks to Jim Gillette. and Joe Conley. Lajon Witherspoon. calling me up and playing all of your new material over the phone. Erik Rogers. this book didn’t take as long as the last. and most of all…being a great friend! To Pam Anders: You’ve showed 79 . Tony Harnell.
Jaime Vendera 80 . to all of my Voice Connection fans and Raise Your Voice students: You are the reason that I keep exploring the concepts of voice. God bless.The Ultimate Breathing Workout me that breathing can be a real trip…Literally!!! Finally.
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