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Ep. 24「吸って、それからどうする?」【VLTTW翻訳】

今回はジャスティン・ストーニー先生による「ヴォイス・レッスンズ・トゥー・ザ・ワールド」の翻訳シリーズ、エピソード24「吸って、それからどうする?」です。どうぞお楽しみください ;)


Ep. 24 "Breathe... Then What?" - Voice Lessons To The World







Hi everybody! My name is Justin Stoney and I’m the founder of New York Vocal Coaching here in New York City. Welcome to episode 24 of Voice Lessons To The World, the show we want to help you guys as singers by answering your questions from all over the world.






And I’ll give you a chance to ask questions later, but our question for this week comes from Hara K. in Seoul, Korea. And Hara writes, “Dear Justin, I’m doing diaphragm breathing, I think. But it doesn’t seem to be making any difference. What do I do after I inhale? Do I just leave my stomach area expanded? Breathing doesn’t seem to be helping me.”




Now Hara, thank you very much for your honesty in that question because I think so many singers out there feel the same way as you. They’ve been told something about their breathing, they’re working on their singing, they’re working hard, they’re working on their breath, but they don’t seem to be getting any results. And they think, I think kind of how you think, that “Well, the problem must be with me. I must not be doing it right.”




And we are gonna talk today about your specific question about what to do after I inhale, but I wanna start by just talking about breathing in general.




1. 呼吸法を大事にし過ぎている?


Breathing is something that singers lose the forest for the trees about. It’s just one component of your singing. But a lot of singers and a lot of voice teachers too, start to think “Well, singing is all about the breath.”


呼吸法はシンガーが「木を見て森を見ず」になりがちなことです。呼吸は歌うことの一要素に過ぎませんが、多くのシンガーは - ヴォイスティーチャーでさえも - 「歌は呼吸が全てでしょ」と考えだしてしまいます。


And that sounds logical. But we know that just working on breathing and thinking about breathing all the time doesn’t seems to get the results.




And the reason why is because it’s very rarely actually the problem. It’s one component, but it’s just one. We’ve got many other things. You’ve got vocal cords themselves, you’ve got registration, you’ve got the larynx, you’ve got resonance, you’ve got all kinds of looseness that you’re gonna need with jaw and tongue.


その理由は - 実際に呼吸法が問題であることは、めったにないからです。呼吸は(歌うことの)一要素ですが、ただの一要素に過ぎません。他にもたくさんの要素があります。声帯、声区、喉頭、響き、あごや舌に必要な緩みなどです。


There’s so many other components that are usually much more important than breathing itself. But people put breathing on the pedestal, they work on it constantly, and they don’t seem to be getting any better.




So, Hara and all, just know that breath is not always the solution. In fact, like I say, It’s, I’d say, rarely the solution when you think about how many other components there are to singing.




So don’t get lost in breathing. And if you think that your sound is going off-track, don’t think that it might be because your breathing is wrong.




2. 吸ったあとはどうする?


But then, let’s talk about your question. What do I do after I inhale?




Now remember, there’s not just one breathing system. There’s some that I would find more advantageous than others, but a lot of singers breath in different ways. So I’m gonna talk you through a few of the different breathing systems that people use, and what you would do after you inhale.




a. 腹式呼吸


So the first would be abdominal breathing where you open up the belly. Now again, this is the one that I do recommend.




So, if you open your belly when you inhale, then what do you do after? Well, pretty much for breath support, we’re trying to maintain what we created.




So, if I open my belly, and I have a long phrase, let’s just say meh meh meh, I would do “Meh meh meh…” I’m trying to keep my belly pretty much open the whole time. Now the low abs do come in gently as I do that, but only gently. I don’t wanna be bringing my belly in quickly. I wanna be maintaining what it is that I created. That is breath support.




But again, my low abs do come in slowly and gently as I sing. That would be your abdominal breath. Again I do recommend it. 




b. 肋間呼吸


Another that I recommend in combination or exclusively with ab breathing is a rib breath where the ribs expand open to the sides and a bit up as you inhale.




Now with this breath I want to again maintain what I created. If I feel that expansion, I don’t wanna just collapse it. I wanna keep it pretty much open. So I have a long phrase, “Meh meh meh…” I feel ‘em coming down a little bit, but I’m not dropping them down. So again, I’m maintaining what I created.




c. 胸式呼吸


Now again I don’t recommend this breath but there are some singers that do breath up here in the chest.


さて、次の呼吸法はお勧めしませんが、上の方 - 胸で呼吸するシンガーもいますね。


If you are chest breather and that’s been working for you and you don’t wanna change it, that’s fine. But here’s what you need to do if your breath is up here.




Same exact thing, you don’t want to drop down. You don’t wanna slam the air out, you wanna, “Meh meh meh…”, keep it up and only move down slowly.




Again I don’t really recommend that breath but for those who do, just know you can’t be heaving your chest when you’re breathing.




d. 腹筋は締め付けないで


So those are the key points for what to do after you inhale, but just one big, big point. Here’s the thing to never do when you are… after you inhale when you’re exhaling. Squeeze the abs.




The upper abs need to be loose at all times. Doesn’t matter whether you’re doing a rib breath, or a belly breath, or even a chest breath. If you’ve got your upper abs squeezed during your breathing, that is gonna cause big problems.




So just make sure that this region, no matter what you do, stays totally loose while you sing.




3. 支えか、硬さか


Then just one more point, Hara, is support vs. rigidity. We just talk about how breathing, your exhale needs to be really supported, which means maintain what you created.


それからハラさん、もう一つポイントがあって、それは「支えか、硬さか」です。今回見てきたのは、息を吐くときには、息の支え- 作った膨らみを保つこと - が必要だ、ということでしたね。


So a lot of people get lost in this because they’re trying so hard to maintain whatever opening it is that they opened. And then they get tight.




So we need to keep the body loose, we need to keep the body kind of, in a sense of motion. You need to be able to have hips free, knees not locked knees free, your shoulders, your neck… Everything needs to feel like it could be in motion.


ですので、体は緩く保つ必要があります。体が動いているような感覚を保つ必要があります。お尻を自由に、膝は固めず自由に、肩も、首も… 全てが動かせるように感じる必要があります。


You don’t wanna feel that your body’s being held when you’re holding something open for support. So that’s a really really key point.




So, breath support, although you’re holding it, you’re also gonna have a slow release and a fluid motion in your body. Don’t let your breath support become a form of rigidity.






So, Hara, I hope that answers your question. And I hope that’s been helpful for you today as singers.




Just keep working on your breathing but don’t get lost in it. Know that there’s a huge world of voice and that’s just one component.




But I really hope that our talk today can help you know a little bit more about that one component and if that is indeed, Hara, the thing that’s interfering with your singing that’s great and I hope that this could help you to get to the next step with it.




If there’s a question that you guys wanna see us answer on the show, you can send an e-mail to Questions@VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com.


このショーで答えてほしい質問がある場合は、 Questions@VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com にメールしてくださいね。


We just encourage you not to lose that joy. Don’t lose that passion. Keep working on your singing, keep working on your breathing, but keep working on all components of your voice.




Get with a great teacher in your area. If you guys are in New York City you can check us out at www.NewYorkVocalCoaching.com.


あなたの住む地域で素晴らしい先生に就きましょう。ニューヨークにいるのなら、 www.NewYorkVocalCoaching.com をチェックしてみてください。


And if you like these videos, you can check out www.VoiceLessonsToTheWorld.com.


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I’m Justin Stoney. We’ll see you next time.











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