Handling the Naysayers – Private Teachers

Breathe to expand, don’t expand to breathe – Arnold Jacobs.

Great musicians do things because they want to create a particular sound. They don’t do things in order to blindly follow a dogmatic tradition.

Your teacher told you to breathe like you’re filling up a glass of water. You try it and you can feel it create tension in your body. You know instinctively this is somehow holding you back from creating the resonance you seek.

You have 2 choices:

1. Stick with the old idea and hope it eventually works.

2. Try something new.

Einstein said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results”.

OK, so here’s the big white elephant in the room: if you don’t do what your teacher says, he will get mad at you. Your teacher is telling you to breathe like you’re filling up a glass of water so you’d better do it. Right?

Try this on: you breathe in cooperation with how your body is designed to move and you vastly improve your sound. At the next lesson your teacher is pleasantly surprised. He asks you how you achieved this breakthrough and you say: “I decided to breathe to expand instead of trying to expand to breathe.” After all, who in their right mind would argue with Mr. Jacobs?!


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