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Re: breathing

I am having a really hard time getting past the first chapter of the RYV book as I really want to understand this concept in its entirety before I move on. Please correct me if I am wrong.... but my understanding is that I am supposed to breathe out (with a constant downward sensation) while simultaneously breathing in (and feeling the breath sensation) all while I am singing? So, I am breathing in and out at the same time???? I just don't think I am understanding this quite right....

Any help would be MUCH appreciated.... thank you! :)

It seems confusing doesn't it?

OK, make sure your sinuses are clear.

Stand up.
Close one nostril with your finger, and breathe in as hard as you can through he other nostril, then immediately hold your breathe.
Feel those muscles in your back and your ribs expand?
The idea is to maintain that type of sensation as long as you can, because it
allows you to hold the breath in without it all just pushing straight back out, and it keeps the air pressure on your vocal cords at a minimum.
You barely need any air at all to sing.

Do that exercise a few times and then try to keep that expanded feeling while you sing, using the smallest amount of air.