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    Phrasing

    I have difficulty playing 4 measures without a breath, would playing really long tones help? I know I am probably playing to loud but I need a way of increasing the amount of air I can use.
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    Have you by any chance looked into Arnold Jabobs breathing exercises and recommendations?? They basically allpy to all wind players ...

    Do a GOOGLE search!
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    If you are overweight lose some weight.......swim or speed walk frequently...certainly helps
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    Do some really good stretching exercises before practicing/playing. A series of looooong inhales followed by controlled exhales to get the rib cage working helps also. Don't eat a meal just before playing and make sure your belt isn't a "gut cutter".

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    I am thin, and pretty strong, thanks to golf, I run a mile in 9 minutes, would excercising help to increase the amount of air my lungs can hold?
    T.J. Remsberg

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    You could be wasting your air, not regulating your air flow at the aperture. Like a flute player with an opening that's too big and the air rushes out with no resistance. Imagine a more compact, centered sound for a while. Constant flow, but the notes float out the bell. No force, constant energy. Thread the needle with your air stream, just a more compact air stream.

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    Trumpet,
    Exercise will increase the amount of oxygen your body is able to use, vO2(max) or oxygen uptake, it will not increase your lung capacity.
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    Re: Phrasing

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    Re: Phrasing

    Quote Originally Posted by trumpet
    I have difficulty playing 4 measures without a breath, would playing really long tones help? I know I am probably playing to loud but I need a way of increasing the amount of air I can use.
    What does the music tell you?
    Most players overbreathe. It is HOW the air is used that is most important.
    Does the phrase have natural points of repose? Sing the phrase.
    Now try playing it.
    Always approach a phrasing problem with a eye for a musical solution.
    Wilmer

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    Play faster!!!

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