How you breathe in the vocal booth will determine your degree of vocal control- affecting pitch, tone, volume, vocal licks and your susceptibility to vocal strain. As is true for all singing, breath during vocal recording includes three areas that should be balanced and mastered:
- Inhale (air you are getting in)
- Breath Support (air you are sending through your vocal cords)
- Breath Control (air you are holding back from your vocal cords)
You don't have to do three months of breathing exercises to make a huge difference in your singing breath. Try these things for an instant upgrade in your vocal booth breathing:
- Move the music stand so that you can place your feet closer in towards the mic, balancing your head over your tailbone or heel (same thing).
- Use your hands when you sing... do NOT hang them limply at your sides.
- Stand tall with a flexible spine
- Make sure the mic pop screen is placed a height that will not encourage you to lift or dip your chin.
- Pull, don't push, your voice for resonance power!