Recently, I performed on a television show called “Superhuman Showdown” for Discovery Channel (though I’ve yet to see it myself, ha-ha.) During the filming, I broke three wine glasses- two in Guitar Center, (that was a blast) and one in the Ohio State Horseshoe stadium. If that wasn’t enough punishment, they whisked me off to the ENT department of OSU to allow a team of doctors to examine my voice.
Under the study of a team of specialists, I was slapped into a soundproof room and told to scream my brains out. Test one, complete, 128 decibels sustained on a Soprano A#. Test two involved shoving a scope up my nose and down my throat. Let me tell you, it’s not fun, especially when they ask you to scream, growl, and make a stupid glass breaking noise. But the tests proved to my benefit. My cords were in perfect health, looked as great as if they were twenty years younger, and showed no sign of wear and tear.
So, what does this story have to do with becoming a breathing machine? Well, the specialists claimed that my ability to sustain loud, high notes, and break glass must be a testimony to my breath support! So, this proves that my book, The Ultimate Breathing Workout, is in actuality, very helpful to the singer. Now, I must stop right here and clear something up. Breathing exercises will NOT make you a better singer; they just serve to build your instrument, training your body to sustain longer notes and utilize the breath in a much better fashion for singing to help minimize wear and tear on the vocal cords. So they do work hand in hand very effectively with vocal exercises and are beneficial to the overall body, because air is not only the vocalist’s fuel, it’s life fuel.
I’m sure this isn’t news to any of my breathing workout users, but I felt that I needed to write this blog because I do receive a lot of emails from students concerning the proper application of each breathing exercise, especially the Advanced Breath Builders the Applied Breathing Isometrics, and how best to use the PTD-1 Breath Trainer. So, what I decided to do was film an instructional video to demonstrate each exercise. Beyond the Ultimate Breathing Workout is a 30-minute instructional video that goes hand in hand with the book, and once you watch it, the exercises will make perfect sense.
As, well, I wanted to tell you all that breathing is a way of life for me, and I am always thinking up new breathing exercises. So, it shouldn’t be no surprise that I have completed another book due out early 2013 that presents a unique way to combine breathing and drinking more water to help build the voice and feed the body, as well as an app for the exercises for this particular book. At this point, it’s hush-hush, but I’ll reveal more soon. For now, you’ll have to rely on the book and video. To check out each, click on the names below: