100 days. 100 hints on singing, No. 48. Here’s a vocal exercise of my inventing that a venerated teacher of singing promised to steal. Don’t know if she did. It’s an exercise I fashioned to assure that at the end of phrase there is not too much left over air. That accumulating dead air contributes to a sense of breathlessness, near hyperventilation. The marvelous Charles Panzerá called the ability to rid oneself of unused air, the secret of singing. Let’s say it’s A secret of singing. And here’s the exercise. After completing a phrase and before taking the next breath, say, speak, the word “what.” DO NOT SING IT. The first phoneme of the word will clear the breath so the next inhalation can happen reflexively. Don’t take another breath before speaking the word. It’s a game changer.