FluteTips 83 Taking a Quick Breath Quietly with Relaxed Throat & Jaw

FluteTips 83 Taking a Quick Breath Quietly with Relaxed Throat & Jaw

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FluteTips 83 Taking a Quick Breath Quietly
with Relaxed Throat & Jaw Hi, I’m Dr. Angela McBrearty of DoctorFlute.com and today’s flute tip is on taking a quick breath. Taking a quick breath is not always as easy as it seems. We can surely take that fast breath. You know, we all know how to do that. We run and we exercise and we take fast breaths. But when you’re in the middle of a quick passage and you need to have a fast breath, the biggest mistake we make is keeping the throat tight. When you take a fast breath, our instinct is just to do this. And that is with a tight jaw and a tight throat. It’s a noisy breath. It makes sound and sound that we probably don’t want in the middle of a piece. When I went to a flute convention one time, I heard Trevor Wye talk about how he seemed like all the, all these, competitive performers, we’re not thinking about their breaths. And so, he was just complaining about these noisy breaths all the time. And it made me start thinking about it, well, what do I do? I wasn’t even sure. And then I would listen to myself and think, Oh no, I’m fine until I heard myself in a recording after I’d played a piece and realized no, I in fact was keeping my throat tight. Generally, it’s with is a tighter jaw because we were playing fast. We just go and we just keep the jaw closed and we take that fast breath. So, to teach yourself to take a quick breath the proper way it takes thought and you have to really think about it. Now I’ll show you what I mean. I’m going to play, Oh, just a passage here from Marin Marais Les folies d’Espagne. And I’m going to stop completely when I need a breath so I can take the right kind of breath. Then I’ll come back in and I want to do that because I’m going to train myself to take that quick breath, but a quiet breath at the same time. One that loosens my jaw, loosens my throat instead of keeping it tight, which then is going to affect my tone later on if that’s what I’m doing. So, we’ll start here And every time I take a breath, it’s thought out, I’ve relaxed, I’m thinking, I’m not trying to take it in time. And I think that’s where you go wrong. We want to take that breath in time when we’re training ourselves. Now obviously when you’re in a performance, you have to take the breath in the time that’s allotted so that you can keep coming back in with a pianist or the orchestra, whoever you’re playing with. But when you’re playing by yourself, you need to just practice stopping completely taking that breath that relaxes. And it’s amazing that all you really have to do is relax the throat and breathe and it’s quiet and just as fast. So, I want you to experiment with that. Experiment with taking those fast breaths, but at a complete stop, completely stop playing, fill up, and then go back in at the tempo, which you ended at. And it’s a way to train yourself to take that kind of breath and not have the kind of, we all do. You’ve heard it, you know you do it. We all do that kind of breath. If I’m not thinking about it, I do it too. It just takes thought and I have to train myself. If I’m playing a certain piece, I sometimes have to train myself in that piece because it’s wicked fast and I have to take such quick breaths that it, they just come out that way and I have to change my way of thinking. Practice those. You’ll be glad that you did because a quiet breath just opens that throat up. It’s quick, it’s quiet, and it will give you a better tone when you come back in. Have Fun! That’s today’s flute tip. If you liked this video press the like button and subscribe share it with your friends and comment below FluteTips 83 Taking a Quick Breath Quietly
with Relaxed Throat & Jaw

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