How To Sing From Your Diaphragm – Mastering The Technique.


Are you ready to get started? Then let’s delve into the art of singing from your diaphragm as when utilized correctly it allows you to control your voice, project it better, and, more importantly, prevent vocal strain. 

When learning how to sing from your diaphragm, you will inhale lots of air and exhale deeply to help control the air pressure in your lungs. This vocal technique will feel like singing from the stomach with the air resonating out from your ribcage.

Your Diaphragm: The Powerhouse Of Your Voice

The diaphragm is the muscular area between the chest and abdominal cavity. It is the powerhouse of your voice. When used correctly, it allows you to control your voice, project it and, most importantly, prevent any vocal strain occurring. 

Your Diaphragm

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Locate Your Diaphragm

Lie on your back, put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach and breathe normally. If your stomach rises more than your chest you are breathing from your diaphragm. 

If your chest rises more than your stomach, you need to get some exercises in. Most people tend to be chest breathers, but with plenty of practice you will be singing like a pro before you know it. 

Diaphragmatic Breathing

Firstly you need to find a comfortable position and relax. Lie down or recline whichever feels most comfortable.

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     Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.

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    Take a slow, deep breath in through your nose, imagining you're drawing the air down into your stomach.Your stomach should push against your hand.

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     Exhale through pursed lips and your stomach should fall.

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    Repeat this process for a few minutes.
Diaphragmatic Breathing Women

If you're feeling a little dizzy, don't worry, it is a sign that your body is getting more oxygen than it normally does. If it persists, stop and return to normal breathing.

Learning How To Sing from Your Diaphragm

Mastering the Diaphragmatic Support

How to sing from your diaphragm is about controlling your breath as you sing, not just breathing from your diaphragm. You need to practice sustaining sounds.

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    Inhale deeply, using the diaphragmatic breathing technique.
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    As you exhale, make a sustained "sss" sound.
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    Try to keep the "sss" sound steady for as long as possible. This is a great way to control your diaphragm when you are singing.

Applying the Technique to Singing

Now that you have mastered the sustained sound, it's time to start singing. Choose a simple song or scale to start.

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    Breathe in deeply using diaphragmatic breathing before you start to sing.
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    As you sing, keep your chest, shoulders, and throat relaxed. The power should come from your diaphragm.
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    Try to keep your breath and tone steady. Remember, singing from your diaphragm is all about control.
Applying the Technique to Singing

Troubleshooting and Tips

Tips for Success

If you're struggling with learning how to sing from your diaphragm, don’t panic. It takes plenty of practice and patience. You should find the following tips helpful….

Warm up your voice before practicing. Just like athletes, you always need to warm up. It is important to practice on a daily basis. Your diaphragm is a muscle, and like any other muscle, it needs exercise. You can also record yourself to keep a check on your progress.


These are some reasons you might find it a struggle to sing from your diaphragm,

  • You are holding your breath.. If your voice sounds a bit choppy, you could be holding your breath between phrases. It is important to keep your breath flowing.

  • You are straining your throat.. If your throat hurts you may be trying to power your voice from your throat and not your diaphragm.


By putting these exercises and tips into practice, you will soon learn how to sing from your diaphragm like a real pro. Remember, it will take time, so the key to your success is practice, practice, practice! Before you know it you will be singing like the superstar you always knew you were!!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does singing from the diaphragm mean?

Singing from the diaphragm means utilizing your diaphragm to control and project your voice while you sing. This technique prevents strain on your vocal cords and provides better tonal quality.

Why is it essential to sing from the diaphragm?

When you sing from your diaphragm, you avoid straining your throat and vocal cords. It also improves your vocal range, tonal quality, and breath control.

How can I tell if I'm singing from my diaphragm?

If you're singing from your diaphragm, your abdominal area should expand when you inhale and contract when you exhale.Your chest should remain relatively still. 

Does it take long to learn how to sing from your diaphragm?

The timeline varies from person to person. It depends on factors like your previous singing technique, your commitment to practice.With regular practice you should see a noticeable improvement in a few weeks.

Can anyone learn to sing from the diaphragm?

Yes, with practice and patience. Learning how to sing from your diaphragm is a skill that anyone can master. So it’s time to  get practicing!

Is it possible to damage your diaphragm while singing?

If you're singing correctly from your diaphragm, you won't damage it. If you feel discomfort or pain while singing, it might be due to incorrect technique and it would be a good idea to contact a vocal coach for some advice. Remember, singing should be a happy experience, not a painful one!

Can I practice singing from the diaphragm without a vocal coach?

You can definitely begin practicing diaphragmatic singing on your own. The exercises provided in this blog are a great starting point. However, if you find you are struggling, a professional's help could be very beneficial.

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