Looking "pregnant" while singing?
I recently started Volume 1 but somehow struggle to make progress. I have now come to think that maybe I really need to dig deeper into breathing and support before I go any further...
I was sure I had it figured out because I have been singing for a few years but my breath just always feels restricted in a way.
So, from what people have told me, my impression was that you need to expand your belly as much as you can in order to get support (kind of to the point of looking pregnant) - because you need to breath with your diaphragm, not with your chest.
But watching a lot of advanced singers sing, I wonder: Why does their belly NOT expand?! I mean, it may expand a little but really so little that it's not actually visible unless you really pay attention.
Now, what is the right way to do it? Do I need to expand my belly? Or is it possible to breath with your diaphragm while the belly is kept in? I am pretty confused right now because I have been trying to fully breathe into my stomach for a long time. I must be doing something wrong though because my breathing doesn't feel easy or free.
Thanks for your help!