Breathing With The Saxophone

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Subject: Saxophone
Last updated: 24/05/2017
Tags: breathing, saxophone, technique, woodwind

If I asked you to describe, 'How do you breathe?' would you be able to? It is something we do automatically thousands of times a day, so why should we think about it?

It is essential to start to cultivate a good technique from the very first lesson. Bad habits can make playing a musical instrument really hard work. A good technique can free the mind to concentrate on what is most important – the music!

Although all elements of technique – posture, hand position, breathing, embouchure, tonguing are interrelated, without correct breath control no other technique can be mastered.

When everything is working smoothly, one can concentrate on developing a personalised sound; have freedom to explore musical ideas and have fun!

The self awareness that evolves from thinking about breathing can be useful in any situation. Running the 100 metres, speaking to a room full of people, watching TV! It enables the body to concentrate all its energies in exactly the right areas to maximum effect and enables intellectual, spiritual and emotional development.

David Ingham Saxophone Teacher (Norwich)

About The Author

I like to teach in a relaxed,informal atmosphere, in which a student can enjoy the learning process through creativity, acquiring the correct technique to develop musically.

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