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The first element of good phrasing is breath: more specifically, breathing in places that make sense with regard to both the music and the text.

Breaths are important markers within the music; they break up a song so that it’s easier to understand and follow. We speak in sentences that have natural pauses built-in as punctuation marks. It’s how we communicate! It makes sense to us.

With our example song, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, I will demonstrate how to use breathing and pausing in certain areas to enhance your performance.

2. Using Dynamics To Create Emotion

3. Stylistic Choices