SINGING LESSON 2: What is the Diaphragm and How Do I Use it When Singing?

The word diaphragm is often used by singers and singing teachers but there are a lot of different ideas out there about the best way to use it. The way I teach my students to use their diaphragm is to support the air comfortably. There should not be any aggressive tension or squeezing of this muscle, we simply want to learn to control the flow of air when we sing.

In this video I talk about what the diaphragm is, where it is in the body and share a little exercise you can practise in order to start controlling the amount of air that you use to produce the tone in your voice.

This video is short, simple and hopefully sweet – a small introduction to get you on your way. If you’d like to find out more or have me help you with your breathing or support, you can head here to book a lesson if you live in Melbourne or purchase a feedback session if you’re elsewhere. It’s important for me to hear your voice before making any suggestions about what might need some TLC.

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6 Responses to “SINGING LESSON 2: What is the Diaphragm and How Do I Use it When Singing?”

  1. Christina says:

    I used to take singing lessons years ago and really noticed a difference when I was able to get power from my diaphragm. Love the video. You have a great presence!

  2. Cathy says:

    Do you work with children? I am in the USA.

    • Kimberley says:

      Hi Cathy, I certainly do work with children. I suggest that it’s best to start no earlier than 9 years old in terms of technique as it can be quite overwhelming for the younger ones. I currently only teach in Melbourne (Australia) though. I might have to plan a few international trips!

  3. What a great video, thanks! I haven’t sang with instruction since HS many many moons ago, so I love the reminders. Because I still sing of course, but mostly in the car and in the shower!

  4. Adam M says:

    Using your diaphragm is going to produce the best sound of course, but so many people do not know how to power it up. Thanks for posting this!

    Adam M