Breathing exercises

 

This will teach you some breathing exercises witch should help improve your playing enjoy and leave a comment

Exercise  1

            1.  Fill lungs to the count of 5 while raising arms above head

            2.  Drop arms on count 5

            3.  Retain the air with an open throat

            4.  Gradually exhale

            5.  Do this exercise in front of a mirror with 6 repetitions

            6.  After a week, do this exercise in 3 counts

            7.  After another week, do this exercise in 1 count

         Exercise  2

             1.  This exercise is done while walking

            2.  Inhale through the nose for 5 steps a slow, smooth inhalation of large quantity

            3.  Exhale through the nose for 5 steps

            4.  After a week, perform the same exercise in 3 steps

         Exercise  3

            1.  This exercise should not be done until Exercises No. 1 and No. 2 have been practiced for three weeks

            2.  Take a breath in thirds (partial breaths, not Yoga breaths)

            3.  Pause between each partial breath and observe how it feels

            4.  Exhale in thirds

            5.  Pause between each partial exhalation and observe how it feels

         Exercise  4

             1.  This exercise may be done only after Exercise No. 3 has been mastered

            2.  Take in 2/3’s of a breath and pause

            3.  Take in last 1/3 of breath and pause

            4.  Exhale 2/3’s of a breath and pause

            5.  Exhale last 1/3 of breath

         Exercise  5

             1.  This exercise may be done only after Exercise No. 4 has been mastered

            2.  Inhale fully and pause

            3.  Exhale fully

            4.  This exercise must be done for three months

         Exercise  6

            1.  After Exercise No. 5 has been completed, this exercise may be done

            2.  Inhale for 1 count complete inhalation

            3.  Exhale for 3 counts complete exhalation

        Exercise  7

            1.  This exercise may be done only after Exercise No. 6 has been mastered

            2.  Inhale for 1/2 count complete inhalation

            3.  Exhale for 3 and 1/2 counts complete exhalation

         Exercise  8

             1.  This exercise may be done only after Exercise No. 6 has been mastered

            2.  Repeat Exercise No. 7 with a faster tempo

         Exercise  9

            1.  This exercise is for those who need help breathing from the diaphragm area

            2.  Put hands on stomach with the middle finger tips on the navel

            3.  Spread fingers over stomach

            4.  Push stomach out without breathing

            5.  Pull stomach in until “you touch your backbone”

            6.  Repeat steps 4 and 5 while breathing

            7.  Try to establish a range of motion

            8.  Do this quite a few times a day

            9.  The use of the hands is to ensure correct motions – nerve impulses alone from this region can be misleading

         Exercise 10

            1.  This exercise is to help the player learn to develop air pressure without large muscle contractions

            2.  Inhale fully

            3.  Begin to exhale rapidly through partially closed lips

            4.  Continue to blow, but block lips with finger held sideways

            5.  Do not change anything in blowing muscles

            6.  “Pop” finger away and continue to exhale

The following exercises are designed to help the player learn to use large quantities of air while remaining relaxed:

        Exercise  11

            1.  Take a large breath

            2.  Count out loud, pausing after each number ‑‑ the throat must remain open during pauses

            3.  Use very little air while speaking

        Exercise  12

             1.  Inhale

            2.  Exhale in the most unrelaxed way possible

            3.  Inhale

            4.  Exhale as relaxed as possible

            5.  Transfer the quality of step 4 to the instrument

        Exercise  13

            1.  Hold a book at arm’s length

            2.  Blow the pages apart

        Exercise  14

            1.  Hold a lit match at arm’s length

            2.  Blow it out

         Exercise 15

             1.  Imagine holding a drinking straw with a bean inside it

            2.  Blow the “bean” across the room

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