That old classic line ‘Support’! What does it really mean? Lets discuss

First of all, the ideal breath to take in is an ‘Apoggio’ In Italian this means ‘Support’ or more importantly ‘lean’ So the feeling is leaning on the breath. I prefer the term ‘Resisting the breath’

We have to somehow hold back and resist the air. Otherwise if we let it all out too soon, a breath can be gone in a few seconds.

We’ve got 2 main options..

Option 1. Send the air straight up to the vocal folds, and then let the vocal folds/larynx try and hold back a lot of air, they usually do this, by over compressing, using the false cords, and the vocal tract narrows in an effort to trying to hold back and resist the air.

Option 2. We can control the air flow in the body. We can use the diaphragmatic muscles (rectus abdomens, internal intercostals, and more) to hold back the air within the body so that the vocal folds receive a steady stream of air, they can then vibrate freely, and just do their natural amazing job.

You can feel this by holding a hiss on ‘ss’ and letting out your air very slowly.

I’m going for the latter option!