Ondrej Smeykal on Circular Breathing

Ondra Smeykal
Ondra Smeykal (Photo: FILIP62)

I’ve posted a vid before on the amazing Czech didgeridoo player Ondřej Smeykal, and am totally digging his playing lately. He teaches a lot, too, which is pretty awesome. He’s a world traveler, so he could be closer to you than you think.

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Circular breathing isn’t a necessary skill on trumpet, but it’s fun to learn, and Ondřej’s technique of isolating different aspects of tone production are wise words for any wind player. First is the video of Mr. Smeykal talking about circular breathing and tone production on didj, and below, an excellent performance/demonstration.

English: Illustration for the mechanisms invol...
German illustration for the mechanisms involved in circular breathing (credit: Wikipedia)

After a long and/or intense practice session, playing didj for 15 to 20 minutes really helps my chops recover and playing didj a nice, meditative way to end a practice session. If  you snore, it might help cure you of that, too, in about 3 months of playing (study here). It’s a great instrument. Listen to what thousands of hours of practice on the instrument sounds like. Thank you, Ondřej !

Mr. Smeykal performing on a didj made by the master craftsman, didj player, and culture-bearer Djalu Guruwiwi. It sounds freaking incredible. Comment if you like it:

There are opportunities to practice all around you:

English: Jérôme Lecoq practicing circular brea...
Jérôme Lecoq practicing circular breathing in a easter chocolate rabbit.

Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.

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