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The #1 Breathing Habit That Limits Vocal Freedom

breathing Jun 05, 2015

By Peter Jacobson

In this article, you’ll learn about:

  • The #1 most common breathing habit among singers
  • A radically simple solution
  • The key to coordinated breathing
  • My top breathing tool, the one I use in almost every practice session


Audibly gasping and sniffing are nearly universal habits among professional voice users, including singers.

Just turn on the radio or TV and start to take notice.

Once you become aware of it, you’ll hear it everywhere.

Audibly gasping...

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9 Things Singers Need to Know About Their Bodies (Revised & Updated)

anatomy breathing May 04, 2015

By Peter Jacobson

Author's Note: This article was first published in 2015 and has proven to be our most popular blog post ever. Since I have learned much in the past 7 years, I decided to revise and update the original post to more accurately reflect my current approach.

1. Your whole body is your instrument, not just your vocal mechanism.

Your voice is part of a total system which also includes your mind and your entire body. Any method or technique of singing that...
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The Top 5 Breathing Myths for Singers…Debunked!

anatomy breathing May 04, 2015

By Peter Jacobson

MYTH #1: Belly breathing is the most effective way to breath for singing

Reality: It is anatomically impossible to breathe into your belly! While many teachers offer this instruction as a metaphor to avoid shallow breathing or shoulder raising, students often take it literally which creates a downward pull in the torso and puts unnecessary pressure on the spine and entire vocal mechanism.

Solution: Learn an anatomically accurate body map based on your natural design. ...

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