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What woodwind & brass instruments are most air efficient?

can I make clarinets and French horns play for extended periods of time without them protesting against my score for either air or difficulty reasons? No. You can’t extend any particular instrument. ...
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What is breathing with regard to music?

Several aspects: Breathe to stay alive (everybody manages somehow, otherwise has to be put on artificial supply) Breathe to synchronize. This also benefits string players, just to get better in sync ...
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Breath Marks (different symbols)

The comma is plainly called "breath mark" and is the most commonly used version in symphonic and vocal music. The "tick" mark is called luftpause and is of German origin according to Oxford Music ...
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Breathing strategies writing choral music

They will breathe. And they will breathe whenever it makes sense to them. Assuming they are conducted, the conductor/director may ask them to breathe in certain places and/or not breathe in other ...
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Breathing strategies writing choral music

If the choir has enough members, maybe half the bass-tenor-alto-soprano could breath alternatively? They could. Shall this produce a natural legato sound? It will. Is this horrendous? It is not. ...
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When/should I add breath marks to my woodwind/brass score?

No, breathing marks are not required. However, if it's important that breathing occurs at a specific place, then notate it. Especially if the location isn't intuitive. If you don't write breathing ...
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What is breathing with regard to music?

Funny -- my first thought, assuming your friend knows how to sing properly, is that the woman in question didn't understand breath support. Quality singing voice depends on inhaling correctly & ...
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Brass instrumentalists are taught that higher notes require faster air while lower notes require more air. How exactly is this different?

Because the aperture (the center of the embouchure, where the air column comes through) must be larger and the vibration created "wider" for lower notes, a larger volume of air is required ...
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Pitch and Volume Compensations for Different Instruments

As a brass instrumentalist, I can only speak for that family of instruments. But the difference required to play in extreme registers is often explained with a simple sentence: Low notes require ...
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Recommended Breathing Exercises to Play Woodwinds

First, a warning: the best way to improve breath control is by playing long-tones on the instrument. WIthout this, you don't hear the tone quality (or lack thereof) in relationship to breath control. ...
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Proper embouchure to leak air while playing EWI?

Leaking air out of the sides of the embouchure is a really bad habit to get into if you also play real wind instruments. It can be audibly distracting and it's also totally unnecessary. Oboe players ...
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Tin Whistle as a second instrument, easy to play single notes?

There are three main causes of nasty tone on a tin whistle, or indeed a recorder; Blowing too hard or not hard enough Not completely sealing the holes you are covering The quality of the instrument ...
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L'Arlésienne Menuet — where to take a breath?

On the flute (and probably on the recorder) it's almost impossible to play this in one breath. It's probably playable in two breaths, but there is no good solution. I have a recording of Emmanuel ...
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Breath Marks (different symbols)

These symbols do indeed have slightly different meanings according to Elaine Gould's Behind Bars - The definitive guide to music notation [p. 436]: When the time taken to breath is subtracted from ...
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Is this breathing indication unclear?

Both the period after "elements" and the breath mark between "elements" and "Clouds" are correct. The structure set up in the previous two phrases is a breath every four ...
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The name of the technique for 'not breathing noisily while singing'?

As guidot has already mentioned, the only real name for this would be poor breathing technique. But I want to clarify why it's poor. When you breathe, you have air rushing through your oral cavity ...
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Why do string players tend to breathe heavily in performance?

Performing classical music is difficult. Many performers are nervous and anxious and their breathing can become shallow fast and noisy. I doubt that any string player would breathe heavily for effect. ...
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Pitch and Volume Compensations for Different Instruments

Physics tells us that higher pitches have more energy. So if we apply the same amount of energy--bow pressure and speed for strings, air for winds--then low notes will naturally be louder. However, ...
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What is breathing with regard to music?

I think it's likely you friend was criticising a lack of breath support. Such support can take several levels. 'Crooners' like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby were criticised for being reliant on a ...
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How to hit the right hole on the harmonica

caveat: I'm not an expert, but I've learned a little bit from my grandfather. You can get the effect you want by puckering up to produce a really small hole, but you'll probably be better off in the ...
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How do I sustain long draw notes on a Harmonica?

Breathing exercises. Blow holes 1-3 with a steady airflow and a clean tone for 7-8 bars - repeat with the same steady airflow for another 7-8 bars, drawing. Rinse & repeat. Boring, but effective. ...
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How do you breathe out properly while singing?

Read Richard Miller's The Structure of Singing: System and Art in Vocal Technique. If you are experiencing no problems in letting your diaphragm descend without tension and you are not over doing ...
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Tin Whistle as a second instrument, easy to play single notes?

With whistles like tin whistles and recorders, the most important thing that determines tone quality is the instrument quality. The sound is formed by the shape of the fipple (mouthpiece) and how the ...
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Inhaling for a good breath support, through the mouth or the nose?

In the book Great Singers on Great Singing by Jerome Hines, he quoted 3 (among many other) famous opera singers who had 3 different opinions: Gail Robinson:"I take air through my mouth and nose. But ...
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L'Arlésienne Menuet — where to take a breath?

It is usually not good practice to take a breath just before a dynamic maximum, especially after a crescendo: it will break the sentence. Personally, i would sneak in a quick breath right at the end ...
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Recommended Breathing Exercises to Play Woodwinds

The most famous systematized breathing system is The Breathing Gym developed by the late Sam Pilafian and Pat Sheridan. A quick Internet search should give you plenty of sample exercises, some ...
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Recommended Breathing Exercises to Play Woodwinds

Background: I studied flute from when I was young and through conservatory. Played professionally as a freelance classical musician for a little while afterwards. With a little bit of distance I can ...
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Breath Marks (different symbols)

Imagine you were playing that duet on two violins. You'd probably ignore the tick marks (because breathing isn't integral to your violin phrasing) but you'd heed the comma just before the final bar. ...
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What woodwind & brass instruments are most air efficient?

I need to figure out whether I can let some instruments breathe or keep playing. The best way is to make some friends (or to have them already) and ask them to play through the piece for you. They ...
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Singing: Is it true that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm?

I have seen a lot of talk about the involuntary diaphragm, which is almost true. Almost? Yes, because you can sometimes fool them to work. For example, making yourself salivate. It just happens as ...
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