Everyone knows that the breath is a very important piece of the vocal puzzle. But what many don’t recognize is the breath is only productive if it is feeding the vibration of the vocal cords. The breath is not helpful, in fact it is harmful, if it is just going out without being connected to the voice.

The historical pedagogue Lamperti talked about this principle and described it with the statement “the breath is the bow”. This statement relates the voice to a violin, where the breath is the bow, the diaphragm the fingers, the abdomen the hand and the vocal cords the string. (I think that is how it was, I’m going from memory)

In this video I describe and demonstrate how the voice and breath relate to each other and interact in a balanced way that gives us the impression that the breath acts like the bow.

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