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Breath control as it relates to playing wind instruments, rapping or singing.

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Why do I yawn while singing?

Singing almost always make me yawn. I've heard this is due to not breathing correctly, but I'm not sure what that means. What's the correct way to breathe while singing so I don't yawn?
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Improving breath support

What are some exercises or tips to help singers improve their breath support?
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Is circular breathing something an oboist needs?

Is the Circular Breathing a technique that is needed to know by a good Oboist?
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Breathing practice for harmonica

What are some good breathing practices for playing the harmonica? I have been learning the harmonica for a while now, I can play small time rhymes and some songs. But when I try to get into high ...
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How can I learn circular breathing?

I play clarinet and am interested in learning to circular breathe. How is circular breathing done? Once I learn to do it, is it something that I would want to use throughout my playing or only for ...
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Why is it considered wrong [for a singer] if shoulders rise when breathing?

What is the difference between the breathing that causes your shoulders to rise and the breathing that enlarges your stomach? Why is the first type considered wrong?
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How do I improve vibrato and breath volume in singing?

Some people say that vibrato is a gift acquired by birth while some say vibrato has to be practiced and gained before puberty. Once puberty (10-12 yrs) is attained, and the male voice changes to a low ...
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Why do string players tend to breathe heavily in performance?

Recently, I've started to develop an interest in classical music, specifically chamber music and, more specifically, piano trios. Having listened to a few performances now, I can't help but notice ...
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How do I stop a sensitive microphone picking up breathing when recording acoustic guitar?

I am using a budget condenser microphone to record acoustic guitar. The microphone has a Cardoid pattern, and is pointing toward the end of the fingerboard (between the sound hole and where the neck ...
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How do I learn proper breathing when teaching myself the flute?

I have slowly, over time, begun to teach myself the flute. I play the piano and the recorder (sort of), so learning the note positions and how to read music is not a big issue for me. The biggest ...
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Are there any breathing methods for Rap vocals?

I am looking for handy vocal techniques for maintaining my flow during rap. This technique(s) will have to help me maintain my breath during rapping. I seem to be trying to hold my breath too long but ...
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Breathing technique for younger brass band players

I'm a conductor in a church brass band. Currently I train children to learn a brass instrument from 10-11 years old up. I plan to lower that age limit but starting to work with kids younger than 10 ...
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Singing: Is it true that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm?

I'm not sure if I can ask this here, but I have a question about singing technique. My teacher once told me that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm and that you shouldn't ...
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Is loud breath intake considered a mistake when playing wind instruments?

I attended graduation concert on Western Classical Flute. Player was breathing very loud but I've heard it only because concert hall was very small. Is loud breath intake assesed as bad technique or ...
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Is smoking & playing horns really incompatible?

I've recently been to a funk jam with a nice horn section. I've later met them at the break, they were smoking cigarettes one after other, but still, they seemed to have incredible breathe. I know ...
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Pitch and Volume Compensations for Different Instruments

I'm curious if various instruments require that the player compensate in any way (in terms of technique, e.g., force used to bow, force used to blow, or embouchure alterations) when playing low vs. ...
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Does Singing Lower Notes Require More Breath?

My question rises from my own experience. When I sing multiple low notes (G2,A2,B2,C3), I can't hold the notes as long as when I sing middle notes (G3,A3,B3). So is it because of a technical error or ...
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What makes a wind instrument sound louder or softer?

So obviously we can say "if you want to play louder, blow harder." However, is the connection really as simple as "more air means more volume," or is there a secondary effect which can permit louder ...
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How long should a professional singer be able to sing in a single breath ?

How many seconds of nonstop voice (or silence) without taking another breath is satisfactory for a professional singer ? Is there a rule thumb ? does it depend on the register ?
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How to breathe properly?

I know for wind instruments and vocals is breathing very important, but how about other instruments? I noticed, that I am breathing different when I play in higher tempo or improvising. I know some ...
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vocal chord protection against nodule

I was recently diagnose with a small vocal chord nodule. I was wondering what are some proper ways to use vocal? I heard that singing with your diaphragm is the correct way to avoid overuse of vocal ...
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L'Arlésienne Menuet — where to take a breath?

I'm learning the menuet from the L'Arlésienne suite no. 2 for the treble recorder (IMSLP). I'm having trouble getting from rehearsal mark C to D on one breath, but there don't seem to be any good ...
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Recommended Breathing Exercises to Play Woodwinds

Can you recommend good breathing exercises to play woodwinds such as Flute and Bansuri. Other than continual practice of these beautiful instruments, what are some breathing exercises to improve lung ...
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Tin Whistle as a second instrument, easy to play single notes?

I play piano and want to learn a more mobile instrument as well and thought about the Tin Whistle. I have no problem with learning the fingerings and I don't expect to play complicated songs but I ...
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Working on trombone sound

I've been playing the trombone for a couple of years and only now I've understood how breath and sound are important. When I listen to my long notes I can hear that the tone is not clear and some air ...
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When/should I add breath marks to my woodwind/brass score?

I have two questions concerning how a composer writes breath marks in their score for brass/woodwinds: First: Is it required that the composer notate breath marks where players can/should breathe, or ...
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How do you breathe out properly while singing?

When I search online for breath control help I get approximately 1,823,482,396,482 results (joke) with tips on breathing in properly, but I cannot find even one about breathing out. I make sure to ...
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How do I get consistent sound during Bansuri practice

I am teaching myself Bansuri (23", A scale), using YouTUBE videos. Just recently I understood the concept of octaves, i.e. blowing sound hard and soft with same closed holes will produce high and low ...
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How do I sustain long draw notes on a Harmonica?

I love the drone you can get fron a harmonica if you sustain the note for a long time. However, I'm not sure how to keep the note sustained for a long time without having to breath. I read about ...
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Rapping for a long time without breathing

I have been listening to an underrated rapper named K.A.A.N. recently and in most of his songs, it seems as though his lung capacity is ridiculously large. I don't know if this is some sort of ...
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Inhaling for a good breath support, through the mouth or the nose?

Inhaling through the mouth can be fast and leads more naturally to a good deep breath, but hitting the back of your mouth with dry and cold air doesn't seem to be the most healthy thing to do. On the ...
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When to Catch Breath when Playing Bansuri

I've recorded myself playing Bansuri (simple tunes) and notice I take lot of breaths. How to secretly catch my breath. At this point, the longest I can hold any note is 30 seconds.
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The name of the technique for 'not breathing noisily while singing'?

A family member told me he doesn't like to hear most pop singers because one can hear them taking deep breaths after longer tirades and that is a sign they can't sing properly. He mentioned Andrea ...
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How to re-develop double tonguing?

Two years ago, I had no issue double- and triple-tonguing. After a while, however, I seem to have issues playing quickly enough. I suspect that I have gone back to single-tonguing. How can I go back ...
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Breathing problems or lack of training

I started singing again after many years and I noticed that when I sing and breath, I feel so tense in my throat at the same time. I breath from abdomen, but I feel so tense in my chest and throat ...
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Could I have strained a chest muscle breathing too hard?

I recently started singing in a choir, though I sing quite a lot this is much more formal and I'm finding getting enough breath is hard. For just over a week I have a pain in my left upper pec. I'd ...
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Can I get nauseous from singing while closing off my nose in my throat? [closed]

Please note that I am not trained in singing. There are certain muscles in the throat that allow you to close off your mouth and nose independently of each other. When I sing loudly (which is the ...
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How much difference and how quickly can breathing exercises impact your singing and breathing?

I've never done breathing exercises before and have just started after about a year of singing. I know "breath control" is seen as very important but how specifically will such exercises improve my ...
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Breathing when singing (inhalation timing)

I noticed a possibly major detail when listening to some tracks. That is, when a singer breathes in for the next phrase, they do it almost immediately before that phrase. For example, they would: ...
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Are breathing/tonguing techniques for melodica the same as for woodwinds?

Since I've never played a wind instrument, I'd like to know how to begin practicing with proper technique. The generation of sound for drums lies on the control of the stick (grip, bounce, etc ...); ...
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Curlicues, small circles, for breath marks when conducting

Is anybody familiar with a conducting technique in which the conductor adds a small circle, curlicue, to the conducting hand when she wants the ensemble to take a breath? My impression is typically ...
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breathing heavy

I'm just wondering if any female singers can answer these related questions. Why do some female singers breathe out in on the mic and what is this called? Are there any techniques for calming the ...