Good breathing requires good balance, right through the core.
When we sit or stand, our bones are designed to provide the framework for this balance; they counteract the ongoing effect of gravity.
Balance is a lively, internal sensation. It is experienced internally and kinisthetically as a sense of buoyancy and lightness. Most importantly, when we achieve balance, our technique becomes effortless and we have increased endurance because we aren’t distracted by using muscles to hold ourselves up.
When we are balanced, our breathing is free and efficient. All the subtle and organic motions of breathing can happen easily and naturally, as they were intended. Balance provides the framework for excellent breathing which is the basis for great music-making.
Don’t use puffs of air to create vibrato because this will undermine your tone quality.
It may feel like you are being expressive when you do this, but it does not sound good! Once you begin to change the air flow in this way, your articulation will also suffer.
Keep the air moving like a locomotive!
Check out the new diaphragm video link under Breathing Resources…
Do you have an interesting breathing story?
Have you heard a breathing myth you would like de-bunked?
Perhaps you had a misunderstanding about breathing…and when you learned the facts your breathing improved.
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