Over the course of the year, I have been teaching certain vocal techniques. These techniques are essential to good choral singing. I think of techniques like inhalation, posture, raised soft palate, and sustained exhalation.
This week, I introduced the technique of diaphragmatic singing. After introducing the idea, showing them what the diaphragm was, and teaching them how to feel it (pant like a dog), my choirs did a simple warm-up exercise. We sang do, mi, and sol staccato using diaphragmatic action. Then we sang do, mi, and sol legato. I was amazed at the change in sound! They sounded breathy before. Now, their sound was full and much more mature. We will definitely be doing more work with this in the future.