Virtually any aspect of trumpet playing will improve in direct correlation with improved breathing. ~Keith Johnson, The Art of Trumpet Playing
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This Chapter Covers:
- Why learn to breathe?
- Taking a correct breath,
- the breathing tube,
- breathing exercises,
- gadgets for better breathing.
Terms to Know:
- breath mark: An apostrophe-shaped (‘) symbol placed above the staff to indicate a breath is to be taken at that point of the musical phrase.
- diaphragm: The muscle that controls the inhalation and exhalation of the lungs.
- breathing tube: A tube of PVC, cardboard or paper that helps to open the throat for a good breath.
- NB: No Breath. Don’t breathe. used as a reminder to avoid breaking a musical phrase by taking a breath.
- Cool animation of the respiration process here.
- An excellent animation of the diaphragm muscle and how it works is here.
- Learn how to make a breathing tube with one of my videos here.
- And the first of a few breathing videos is here.
- Find some breathing gadgets: Voldyne, Breath Builder, Wind Song Press
- Arnold Jacobs: Song and Wind by Brian Fredrickson
- The Art of Breathing by Nancy Zi
- The Science of Breath by Yogi Ramacharaka
- Brass Playing is No Harder than Deep Breathing by Claude Gordon
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- Free mp3 examples from the book
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- Other free printable practice aids
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