October 22, 2013

Why Nose Breathing? | Music Lesson Tips

Why Nose Breathing?

Nancy E. Harris
Submitted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 7:49am
Breathing for singers
Breathing through your nose activates the intercostal (rib) muscles so that you can take a deeper breath than through your mouth (twice as much air). This is because the nose will warm, clean, and moisten the air, while the mouth doesn't. And, because the blood vessels are so close to the surface in the nose, as the air passes, it also picks up small amounts of nitrous oxide from the cells, causing the bronchial tubes to expand more.
Of course, there are times in a song when we can only do a catch breath through our mouths, but before you start singing, plus whenever you have long rests in the music, "refill the tank" with a nose breath.
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