Learn how to Circular Breathe in 10 minutes. Really.

Learn how to Circular Breathe in 10 minutes. Really.

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you you So today we are talking about circular breathing It’s been about seven years since I’ve done a video on and I figured it was time for an update But for those of [you] [who] are interested in were curious with the piece that I played was? number seven the seven study out of the advanced studies for Clarinet by Victor Polatschek a Terrific book we’re going to do more of it this year But I just wanted to use this as a launch point for talking about circular breathing We’re not going to talk [about] the music at all. So what is circular breathing in short? It’s the ability to breathe out while breathing in at the same time so some of you may be thinking How is that [even] possible that seems inhuman well in fact you’re not really breathing in and breathing? Out at the same time you are pushing air out [through] your mouth as you’re breathing in through your nose And that’s a very different thing because you have cheek muscles that can squeeze air out like [that] without ever using the mechanism that you use to breathe in and out through [your] nose let me show you what I mean step one put air in your cheeks and then start breathing While you’re holding that air in your cheeks here we go See it’s not a big deal [that] air is stuck in there that air is useful to you But you’re bypassing your mouth while you breathe in and out through your nose step two is [you] need to be able to breathe out? Through your mouth as you’re breathing in through your nose [now] I’m breathing you’re just squeezing that air that’s trapped in your mouth out your mouth using your cheek muscles I’m just going to do without the breathing part first. I’m just going to show you what I mean by squeezing the air out So I’m not using my lungs at all that air is coming out purely from my oral cavity from the inside of my mouth [now] if you do it a little bit slower, and more control than just that sound it sounds a little bit like this So I’m squeezing it out slower in a more controlled way lick your lips and try and do it [without] making any noise at all Now step three is being able to do that while you take a breath in this is where it gets a little bit trickier So what I’m going to do is [I’m] going to breathe out I’m going to put a little bit of air in my cheeks before I run out of air and then I’m going to breathe in As I breathe in I want to use my fingers [to] squeeze the air out So that’s how it basically works, so what I want you to do is get a glass half full of water Maybe a little bit less half full in a simple drinking straw, okay? So what we’re going to do is we’re going to blow bubbles Bubbles are going to be a visual cue that the air is coming out of your mouth again Sometimes the Air is coming through your lungs out your mouth and sometimes It’s just the air that’s in your mouth coming out your mouth You’re bypassing the oral cavity while you breathe in and then squeezing the air out as you do that breathing in and then dovetailing the lung Air back in To the Cheek air as well call what I want you to do is I want you to pinch the straw The reason we’re going to pinch the straw as we blow into it is we want to simulate What it feels like to have a little bit of resistance like the Clarinet gives us going and start blowing some bubbles just normally you? can use your lung air like you normally would You don’t have to blow hard. You’ll make a mess if you do Okay, so that’s [just] using my lung [enter] now what I want to do is blow those bubbles, [just] using my cheek hair so I’m going to do is I’m going to put that air in my cheeks and Just squeeze it out through the straw like we were doing with them So what we’re going to do now And this is the hardest part and this is the part that’s going to take weeks of practice Okay, is I’m going to blow the bubbles, [and] I’m going to actually blow with my lungs capture some air squeeze that air out as I breathe in and then dovetail my lung air Into my cheek air and keep the bubbles going now you want to keep the bubbles going as consistently as possible So let me give it a try here we go And so on I could just go on forever because really I’m just breathing out normally capturing that air and then dovetailing So that is the part that’s going to take a lot of practice you want to keep those bubbles going consistently you don’t want to go a little a little a little a little bit because then that’s what it would sound like if you Were playing it on your clarinet speaking of which once you practice with your straw cup and water for a long time enough time So that you feel totally comfortable with the whole process of keeping those bubbles going and having them be consistent then and only then are you ready to try it on the instrument itself you should not be thinking about playing it on the Clarinet saxophone or bass Clarinet at all until you are comfortable just doing it then you know with us cup in a strong seriously So once you get your instrument being the first thing that you want to do is probably tree You’re going to probably pick a note and try doing it I’m going to just play it on you know like a C, and I’m going to play the note And then I’m going to circular breathe and here’s what you probably will sound like when you first do it And what happened okay? So what you’re doing? Probably if I’m going to guess is that that sound the read stopped? Vibrating and the reason to read stop vibrating was less because [you] were doing this air Voodoo that We’ve been talking about and more because simply you pinch the read off now that happens really consistently with people as they’re learning how to circular breathe because why as You do this weirdness with your mouth your lips tend to your jaw and your lips tend to bite down a little bit and that will keep the Reed from vibrating so the first thing you have to do is Think of the corners of your mouth really tightly and making sure that you keep that nice open round embouchure on The mouthpiece you don’t pinch the reed off. Here’s what this sounds like if you do that But hey you notice that other thing the sound itself goes [Ba] It [makes] it’s not even and the reason that is is even as good as you can get and I’ve heard some people get [really] amazing when you play a held note, it’s Really really difficult to keep it nice and even and consistent it really just is so what I tend to do is never Circular breathe on it held note. This is just me What I tend to do is cover it up by playing oh
I don’t know a trill and I’ll show you what that looks like when I play a trill so I’m going to breathe out and I’m just going to start playing maybe a C to C-Sharp trill Now you still hear it a little bit But it’s covered up by the notes itself so that tends to be my secret to [doing] you can do it on a scale you Can do it any kind of moving passages or a trill? Anything like [that] is a great way to cover up the circular breathing sort of in inconsistency of sound okay So that I have to say is all there is to circular breathing And I say all there is an air post because that’s a lot and there’s a lot to learn there’s a lots of practice but keeping Understanding first how to do it and using the cup and straw is that it is the [tried-and-true] [way] that animals everybody? I know has done it and then once you have that move to the Clarinet and no sooner and then practice it on the instrument and Again, it’s going to take a while once you get to the instrument [expect] [it] to take another couple of months it takes time But once you get it you start to use [it] without even thinking about it sometimes now That actually brings up the last thing I want to talk [alit] about which is when to use circular breathing now This is this is [a] point of some contention with a lot of Clarinet players and probably saxophone players, too And that is when do you use it? Do you want to let the phrase drop? So that you can breathe and it sort of ends the phrase nicely and then you can take a breath and start a new phrase absolutely, yes absolutely, you don’t use circular breathing when you don’t have to necessarily use circular breathing you use circular breathing if you want to create an extra Long Phrase or something in the music requires That you have something longer than you have air for but you don’t do it as an effect you Don’t do it to say hey I circular breathe unless you need to don’t bother use your normal sort of Phrasing and let that let the phrase stop take a breath and keep going when you don’t need when [you] can’t do that You’ve got this circular breathing okay? So that’s my sort of rule of thumb. Is if you don’t need to do it Don’t do it and when you need to do it. You’ve got it. Okay So good luck with all this have fun, and I will see you next week, right?

100 thoughts on “Learn how to Circular Breathe in 10 minutes. Really.”

  1. Wow! I just bought my first clarinet and am starting to learn the basics. I'm certainly going to learn how to do this circular breathing!

  2. Hello. I'm a French Clarinettist and 16 years old. Your Video really helped me. And in 10 min I learned it. So thank you so much. 🤗🤗

  3. Does it work with brass? I was always told not to puff out my cheeks and we also buzz, which is slightly different from just blowing.

  4. I am so glad I found your videos! I play the bass clarinet, and it is so nice to see someone teaching and playing on a bass clarinet. I have had some wonderful teachers, but they have all been clarinetists that have only dabbled with the bass clarinet. Which to me, is a whole different instrument. Please keep these videos coming!

  5. I’ve been in the habit of doing it while playing flute…then kept subconsciously trying to do it in choir. Didn’t work as well there 😂

  6. Love the selmer bass clarinet. What are your advices for someone that uses hard reeds? I have more difficulty with harder reeds. That and double staccato.

  7. Finally! Thank you for solving a mystery that’s haunted me ever since my middle school beginning band instructor happened to mention circular breathing- and then never explained. As a drummer, it intrigued me but was never something I needed to learn. Thirty years later, I can finally sleep well at night. Bless you.

  8. I bet the sound difference has something to do with the changing of shape of the air path. When you close the back of your mouth you windpipe changes length thus the sound will change

  9. I learned this from smoking hahaha. Was pretty amazed to be honest.

    Only thing is i’m continually breathing in as opposed to out. Soo

  10. I remember hearing of the concept of circular breathing when I was about 8.
    Sounded interesting, so I figured it out on my own in a few minutes.

    If you can't get your head around circular breathing, i'm sorry, you're just an idiot who has no idea how to pilot their body.

  11. I watched too many flute covers just to get here. On unrelated note, Did you know that recorder sounds awesome for Merry Go Round – Howl's castle song?

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