I was walking with a friend some time ago, and it happened to walk near an open-air restaurant. Some woman was singing. While I considered her singing good-enough, my friend scoffed and complained about the singer not "breathing" (properly).
Now I understand that breathing keeps us alive. I also understand that breathing is the thing helping us to push air through the vocal cords in order to create sounds (or noises).
But what is the thing with the breathing in general? I occasionally heard about it once and again, but I never understood:
- why is it so important;
- how it is done;
- how can one understand if a singer uses good breathing or not.
Trying to find an answer, I found How can I learn circular breathing?. I suppose that this is the reason why that African-american guy (I do not know his name) had his cheeks as big as bag-pipes when playing the trumpet. I thought for almost a life-time that he was (trying to) just being funny.
Obviously, I am asking here about the basics, not the entire science of breathing in the music context.