Whether you’re a beginner singer or you have more singing experience, you’d know that healthy, sustainable vocal production requires head to toe engagement and supportive posture. Your body’s pelvic area plays an important role here, but it’s not often given attention in singing training.
I recently discussed this with student Rena Elise ElKhoury and you can watch our talk below:
Why is the pelvic floor important for singing?
The goal of engaging your lower abdominal and pelvic muscles to support and control your breath is to make singing free and efficient. You need enough breath to get through phrases in songs, and to be a more versatile singer.
When you breathe into your lower abdominal area, you will notice a slight bulge in your rectus abdominus muscle (AKA ‘six-pack’). This is a sign your inhalation is working well.
Your abs and pelvic muscles are important on the exhale, to control the air flow that allows you to sing with the energy and volume your song requires.
And it’s specifically the rectus abdominus muscle that singers learn to gently, consciously compress during exhalation. This action needs to be coordinated with keeping your rib cage expanded from inhalation, so that you release air from your low belly first, then from your ribs. This is what gives you the slow, controlled air flow you need to sing. It can be a tricky sequence to learn, but essential to maintain air flow, rather than squeezing or overusing muscles near your larynx and vocal cords.
Try these breathing exercises to engage your pelvic muscles
Learning to coordinate your inhalation and exhalation takes time, as you notice how engaging certain abdominal muscles makes singing easier. With practice, and a voice coach who understands how to adapt singing techniques to suit your body, you’ll fine tune the pressure of air flow and volume, to sing continuously over a phrase, give your voice a fuller and clearer sound.
Find the best way to use your body to sing with guidance from experienced singing teacher, Kathleen Connell. Browse the studio’s in-person or online singing lessons, tailored to your specific needs. Or call us on 0402 409 106.