Are you having troubles with shortness of breath while singing? Are you gasping for air by the end of your performance? Have the high notes become difficult to hit because you do not have enough air? Don’t worry, there are millions of people who are experiencing the same problems. When you do not have enough air, your voice will not sound full and it will be difficult for you to hit most of your notes. It is very important to fix this problem if you wish to be a better singer. The audience wants to hear your beautiful voice clearly, not what sounds like a person who just ran a marathon! Although there is no “quick fix,” we can help you get through these problems.
Can I sing If I Have Asthma?
There are many possible reasons as to why you may be having breathing issues. A very common health issue which many people would not think to relate to singing is asthma. Asthma is an inflammatory disease which causes your airways to constrict and can lead to wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Usually people only see asthma symptoms while exercising- this is called athletic induced asthma. Athletic induced asthma will affect your performance abilities drastically if you dance while you sing. However, there are other variations of this disease which affect people in every day activities.
If you have trouble breathing throughout the day or especially when you exercise, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to check for asthma. There is no painful test or anything of that sort which you must go through. Usually your doctor can tell you if you have some form of asthma after one simple breathing test. If it turns out that you do have asthma, your breathing problems may be solved very easily. You will be prescribed an inhaler which should be used per doctor’s orders. Be sure to inform him/her about your breathing problems while singing. They may tell you to use the inhaler just before you sing.
Usually, after people are able control their asthma with an inhaler, breathing problems go away quite fast. Having an inhaler (if you have asthma) should improve your breathing control dramatically while singing. Asthma is the first underlying problem to look for. If you do not have asthma, do not worry! There are other possibilities that may be causing you problems.