Our POWERbreathe friend and distributor in Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak, Armtirix Enterprise, have released some very exciting news about top local singer, Fakhrul Razi. Fakhrul Razi is an independent Brunei singer-songwriter and TV host and has been performing in shows and at events in Brunei and Internationally since 2004. He has a massive following in Indonesia and Malaysia, and when you hear his voice, you’ll know why. Listen to a few of Fakhrul Razi’s tracks here on ReverbNation. Armtrix provided Fakhrul with a POWERbreathe Plus Level 2 (MR) to, as Fakhrul put it “help me hit that note cause it helps to strengthen the lung muscle so I can sing better.” Fakhrul is one of three aspiring talents selected to represent Brunei in the Vocals, Instrumental and Acting Categories at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood. The WCOPA is the only international performing arts talent competition and educational experience of its kind held annually in Hollywood, CA, and each year countries from across the world send their best and most outstanding talent to the event. Fakhrul, entered for the Vocals category, and others will face a huge contest of skills to see who is the most accomplished in the world. Fakhrul and others will be in Hollywood for two weeks (the championships take place July 12th – 21st, 2013), joining in on workshops designed to help them master their individual skills, before competing on stage. We’re just hoping that in his excitement Fakhrul will have remembered to take his POWERbreathe with him, as like any form of exercise, warming-up is essential, and the vocal folds (vocal cords) are no exception. They need to be warmed up just like any muscle before they can work at an optimum rate. The work that scientists undertook with singers supported the notion that using POWERbreathe as part of a vocal exercise warm-up could enhance the ability to generate tension in the vocal folds and therefore increase vocal range. For Fakhrul, who decided to try POWERbreathe to help him “hit that note…so he can sing better,” POWERbreathe will help him make full use of his lungs. Learning to control his breath will help him control his voice, and the aim of breathing exercises for breath control is to inhale as much as possible, as quickly as possible, which is what POWERbreathe training does. The point of this is so that the singer, Fakhrul, will then be able to release his breath in a controlled manner while singing. The other benefit Fakhrul will find from training with POWERbreathe is that his breathing muscles will become stronger which in turn will help him propel his voice when he needs volume, and then have the strength to control his breath during the quieter notes. POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training will help all singers:
- Enhance the ability to inflate the lungs (take deeper breaths)
- Enhance the ability to control the breath
- Enhance the ability to sustain forceful breathing (breathing does not become fatigued)
Everyone from POWERbreathe would like to wish Fakhrul all the best in his competition, and we’ll keep you posted on his progress. If you’d like to leave your well-wishes for Fakhrul then please feel free to leave a comment here. Read more about how POWERbreathe could prove beneficial as part of your vocal exercises and vocal warm-up, or if you’re a singer and are already using POWERbreathe to help with breath control, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum as we’d love to hear from you. You can also read more about POWERbreathe and the use of Inspiratory Muscle Training in Performing Arts on our blog.