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licht
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:07 am    Post subject: Anyone help me? Reply with quote

I have asthma so my breath isn't strong but I would like to play trumpet. Can you give me some breathing exercises?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes....playing a wind instrument can be a big help with asthma and I have taught several sufferers with some good results. How good depends on how open their minds are and whether their medical advisers are predujiced against the idea.

The best basic excercise is also the best for beginning healthy players too, namely the 'purple air' drill...this is actually a yoga breathing technique but it is sometimes helpful to NOT mention that as people can, for some reason, find that a hinderance to their open mindedness and thus progress......I was once told that "yoga is heathen mumbo jumbo"....so jsut keep an open mind and get on with your progress!

Stand with feet apart the width of shoulders, close eyes and start to breathe in slowly. As you do visualize that you can see and watch the air filling your body from you feet upwards.....imagine that the air is purple, as this help with the visualization. 'Watch' the air level rising to the highest point you can reach, and then try for one last breath..........

Try to do this with the minimum stress or straining....that will be difficult in the beginning but if you persevere you wil be gaining increasing control of your breathing.

..........Hold for a moment and then allow the air to flow slowly back out as you watch the level of purple air drop down your body and back to your feet.

This is a wonderful excercise for everybody not just musicians or those with breathing difficulties. However, it is VERY useful for beginning brass players because it is the start of building a good diaphramatic breathing regimen which will give good control and also power and endurance.

When I taught young brass players we held a knock-out contest every month to see who could hold a mid C the longest...to do this you stsrt the note and then 'watch' the purple air slowly leaving the body and filling the instrument as quietly as you can manage. Good operators can manage more than half a minute. This additional excercise is great for teaching 'ppp' playing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You WILL need to talk to your doctor about this, as we don't know anything about your asthma, especially if it is exercise induced... After that, if you are good to go, just play and do not worry about it. Your breathing will develop if you go to a good teacher.

cheers

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For what it's worth, I've noticed (for myself at least) that you don't really need a lot of air (force) to produce sound. If at any point blowing through your trumpet takes a lot of effort (or say, you feel you need to push it into your face to get to the higher notes), you're actually doing it wrong.

You can actually experience this yourself with the following trick (courtesy of Bill Adam):

Remove your tuning valve from your trumpet so you'll only play on your leadpipe. Take off your mouthpiece and blow through it gently without buzzing (i.e. just air, no sound). Now put it onto your leadpipe while blowing and you'll notice it'll produce a sound as soon as the mouthpiece is fixed on the leadpipe. That shows little effort playing really takes.

I've found leadpipe buzzing very useful to work on my tone with finesse rather than power.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:39 am    Post subject: asthma Reply with quote

Andy Del wrote:
You WILL need to talk to your doctor about this, as we don't know anything about your asthma, especially if it is exercise induced... After that, if you are good to go, just play and do not worry about it. Your breathing will develop if you go to a good teacher.

cheers

Andy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Anyone help me? Reply with quote

licht wrote:
I have asthma so my breath isn't strong but I would like to play trumpet. Can you give me some breathing exercises?


Hatha Yoga is all about breathing. Find a book, or better yet a class.

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