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Re: Breathing

This message was contributed by Simon H on 18/7/02.
It was in reply to this message: Breathing
posted by Gemma Wilson on 18/7/02.

Don Lucas teaches brilliant breathing technique. When you breathe, take in a breath like you're saying Hawaii without the 'ee' sound, so the tongue is low. Always breath in rhythm and never breath shallowly when going for a high note. Practise breathing in for 1, out for one; in for 1 and out for 2; in for 2 out for 2; in for 2 and out for 4 and finally, in for 2 and out for 30 (you won't be able to do the last one!!)Practise this daily. Keep a steady stream of air when exhaling.You should feel light-headed when you've done! Always breathe from your diaphragm and never let the air level go above your larynx. When inhaling always start to exhale straight away;never pause in between inhaling and exhaling. Better breathing leads to better brass playing!!

Thanks Gemma
I couldn't have put it better myself!
Don is a great character. I dare say you heard him at the Repton Brass Festival, which was the first time I heard Hawaii used as a breathing aid.

Everything Don says makes a lot of sense, he puts it across with enormous enthusiasm and most of all HE CAN PLAY. Mind you he stayed for a week at my house once and he loves Dr Peppers.

Best wishes

Simon H

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