Episode #11 - Back to the Basics

We are getting back to the basics with Manuel Garcia Jr.’s book, The New Treatise on the Art of Singing (originally published in 1840, and revised in 1857). We are discussing his 4-step process to exercising the lungs. Use this everyday to increase lung capacity and to give steadiness to the voice.

From Chapter VI:

  • First.—The pupil should gently and slowly inhale for a few seconds,as much air as the chest can well contain.

  • Secondly.—After taking a deep breath, the air should be exhaledagain very gently and slowly.

  • Thirdly.—Fill the lungs, and keep them inflated for the longest possible time. And,

  • Fourthly.—Exhale completely, and leave the chest empty as long as the physical powers will conveniently allow.

Try on your own, and let me know if you have any questions!

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