1. Clock with hands, timer, OR a metronome!
3. Computer for Youtube or suggested websites
4. Tuning Sheet (see below)
§ Understand how the body works:
1. Take a deep breath and hold it for about a second
2. Now slowly release the air over 8 seconds with the lips barely open
3. After some time, take another deep breath and hold it for about a
4. Release this breath quickly in 3 seconds with the lips barely open
5. Repeat and put your hands on your sides by your ribs so that you
can feel your rib cage expand when you inhale. Left hand on the left
side, right hand on the right side.
Here you can feel ribs stretch out when the breath is taken in and they slooooooowly move back in when your lungs deflate and you go back to being relaxed. The abdominal muscles can slightly be engaged especially as you run out of air to help push any remaining air out.
Here you can feel ribs stretch out when the breath is taken in and they quickly move back in as your lungs are emptied. This time, however, the abdominal muscles are engaged with a pretty strong force to push the air forward.
The difference between cold and warmer (but still cold) air is the difference between pp and ff. There is inner force being used with both. It’s the speed of the air that is different and creates different dynamics.
By using external motions with the hands and arms, the student is given a visual to better understand what the student is doing internally when taking in and releasing the breath. This is a very good book!
Clarinet Breathing Technique describes clarinet breathing fantastically!
The following system is attributed to David W. Vandewalker.
§ 24 counts of air = pianissimo
§ 20 counts of air = piano
§ 16 counts of air = mezzo piano
§ 12 counts of air = mezzo forte
§ 8 counts of air = forte
§ 6 counts of air = fortissimo
§ 4 counts of air = triple forte