Charles Schleuter on Breathing

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by John Mohan, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. Mzony

    Mzony Pianissimo User

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    Hey Manny,
    Your post got me thinking a little bit. Over the last year, I have been working on more rhythmic breathing, but generally I take slow long breaths. I think one of the reasons is my size (if it were not for my gut, you would consider me a small person), but I think I even developed it more, because it seems like with many conductors their cues (or up beats) don't always feel in time.
    So if I were going to try and breathe in strictly a metric manner, I would probably beat the conductor, and the ensemble, to the punch.
    I'm not saying I do this all the time,for every piece,or for every conductor, but I do notice in general I start inhaling sooner than my colleagues.
    But I won't lie, I have been working on my metric breathing over the last couple of years too.
    Just wanted to know what you thought of all this...It is certainly an issue, I think of often.

    Mike
     
  2. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    Always beware of the enemy.Their upbeats sometimes bear no relation to their intended tempo :evil: I have over the years developed a quick intake of air, usually on the upward motion of the maestro......."What goes up must come down, spinning"........sorry I was having a BS&T moment. I always have to know where the attack goes. Breathing in rhythm helps accurately making loud or soft first attacks.

    Wilmer
     

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