Breathing Technique for Wind Players
"Is playing your instrument wearing you
embouchure getting frayed around the edges?"
your high and low notes unreliable?"
finding your dynamic range limited?"
tone not quite what you would wish it to be?"
may be time to check and overhaul your
technique of all wind playing, woodwind or brass, is breathing. As the
breath activates the instrument, it is a fairly obvious statement to
make that the way we take in and use the air is critical. Breathing
technique underpins all other techniques. It is the bedrock on which wind playing is
A good breathing
technique will give you excellent control of your instrument and make
playing less stressful. Your embouchure will be more relaxed and
flexible enabling good control of both intonation and dynamics
throughout the full range of the instrument. Your tone will be clear and
accurate. A poor breathing technique will have the opposite effect; - a
thin tone, poor intonation (especially at the extremes of your
instrumental range) and limited dynamic variation. Your embouchure will
be forced to work much harder than it should making playing tiring and
stressful. To put it very simply, - if your breathing technique is poor
- your playing will be poor!
Whether you are a
young player and new to wind playing, an established amateur player or a
seasoned professional, a full understanding of how and why breathing
works is essential both in theory and in practice. In this e-book all
aspects of breathing technique are explored, with a thorough explanation of
why it is so important and how it should be applied. There is a
comprehensive section of exercises to acquire, improve and/or perfect this