Breathing Exercises For Wind Instrument Players


In this video you will learn some of the best breathing exercises for wind instrument players. The biggest key is I have found is engaging the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm. Some call this diaphragmatic breathing, and others refer to it as the “forced exhale” due to the pushing sensation with the abdominal muscles. By doing this, you will have more strength behind your breath, which leads to a better tone and overall improved wind instrument playing. This video comes from the Didge For Sleep DVD.

Here’s an illustration of diaphragmatic breathing:

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  1. The technique I found most beneficial (so far, I’m still kind of a newbie) is what I call the Automatic Inhale. Use those abs as you described in the video to make a quick, powerful exhale. The inhale should follow automatically (because your body is pretty good at preserving itself). So, when I’m playing my didge, all I have to do is play a quick, forceful drone and close off the back of my throat. The inhale comes automatically, and since I’ve closed off my throat, I inhale through my nose. If there is pressure in my cheeks, I take a circular breath. And I didn’t even have to think about it.

    To practice the Automatic Inhale, engage in a series of sharp, forceful exhalations using the abs. Do them in rapid succession. You should inhale automatically between each breath.

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