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With singers who are stuck, I start with what they cán do: let their
breath flow, make sound,
feel the speed of breath.
That works liberating.
Breath keeps every singer busy. ‘How can I make my breath last longer?’ is one of the most asked questions in my coaching practice. Singers of all levels can come to me for advice on breathing and breath support. Once you dare to release the breath, the link connecting all the other elements of singing, then singing just happens.
Do you need to inhale in a special way to sing? What is good use of breath support? How can you take a new breath quickly? Does the breath affect vibrato? These are some of the questions I answer in my book Sing The Way You Laugh. The book is enriched with dozens of practical tips and 67 concrete exercises that can help you understand the answers.
The questions are divided into six themes: singing from the flow of breath, the right conditions for good singing, breath support and the flowing breath, on resonance and register transitions, breath and text, breath and emotion.
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The Dutch mezzo-soprano Hetty Gehring studied singing at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. She completed her studies with the Dutch soprano and vocal coach Margreet Honig. She also took lessons with the Israeli contralto Mira Zakai and the Dutch baritone Maarten Koningsberger.
A useful book in which 25 questions about breathing and related topics provide practical and well-founded answers
(Review in ‘De Liedvriend’)
A very nice and practical book for singers
(Review in ZINGmagazine)
If you sing the way you laugh, it all gets more beautiful immediately.
(Klaas Stok, director of the Dutch Broadcast Choir)
Hetty Gehring sung in several opera productions and concerts. She ended her professional singing career some years ago to concentrate on teaching, working with a method she has developed, based on ‘the flowing breath’. Margreet Honig and the German posture and breath teacher Regine Herbig provided the basic tools.
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