welcome back to the “Teaching Corner.”
Today I’m going to talk about an aspect that is crucial to me, often underrated in music education: the breath. An act so natural and intuitive really can be crucial to manage the tension before a concert, a recording, or while you are playing.
To make you understand the importance of this issue, I invite you to think about the wind instruments. Simplifying the topic, we could say that one of the significant differences between them and the string instruments or stays in their need to literally “take a breath”.
What does that mean? In my opinion, first of all, if you breath you have a greater awareness of what you’re playing and that means being more musical.
We live in a musical era which the speed on the instrument is often more considered than the musicality. Sometimes we forget what should be the primary goal of an artist: the communication of a musical message.
Coming from Classical Guitar, I know what it means to have an excellent technique and practice it seriously. But what I’ve always thought is that the instrumental ability has to be at the service of music; otherwise, it will not help.
So, why not to bring the element of breath even on guitar?
Let’s try a simple exercise:
1 – Close your eyes and focus your attention on your breathing for a few minutes, trying to eliminate any thought.
2 – Use continuous breathing, slow and rhythmic using the diaphragm.
3 – After a few minutes, when you feel ready, open your eyes and continue to bring this rhythm on the guitar starting to play a few simple fingerings ( you can find it in the lesson “Coordination,” click here).
4 – When you are comfortable with this type of exercise coordination start to play what you like by implementing the breath in whatever you do.
Initially, it would be tough and may happen to have some light dizziness due to the oxygenation of the blood, but with time you’ll see that this “technique” will make you more relaxed and more aware and open to what your musical instinct wants to communicate to you.
Hope you liked this post! 😉
All the best
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