I noticed a possibly major detail when listening to some tracks. That is, when a singer breathes in for the next phrase, they do it almost immediately before that phrase.
For example, they would:
- Finish a phrase
- Pause for 1-2 seconds
- Immediately breathe in prior to starting the next phrase
Well, what I tend to do is flip 2 and 3. I wouldn't necessarily say that I'm holding my breath since it's very brief, and I tend to inhale immediately after the phrase to catch my breath instead of holding out for 1-2 seconds. But why do professionals singers do this? Does it make for a consistent tone when not exhausting your breath at the end of a phrase? And Does it add more punch to the following phrase when breathing in right before?
Also, what exactly happens between steps 1 and 2? Are they still exhaling very slowly even after the phrase, or is there no breathing whatsoever?