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Re: Breathing

Breathing consciously is important for more than just music... but any aspect of life.

For that matter, more than breathing; importance lies in a conscious communication with the unconscious movements of life.

Isn't that what (some) music is?  To a degree, at least.


On Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 4:00 AM, o. malhomme @ laposte. net <o.malhomme@laposte.net> wrote:
Of course breathing is as an important thing to work as one's instrument.
I am practicing martial arts for about 35 years and in that case, uneffective breathing is immediately felt as lack of endurance, injuries and so on.

And I must admit, for all my experience in that area, that when I play guitar, it arrives that so taken by what I'm doing, I forget to breath and "awakes" because lacking air. Or it arrives also that I will swallow my saliva to wrong way and end in chokes.

This a rather more important thing to work on than many may thinks because of this "new age" talk...


Olivier Malhomme

Le 8 nov. 08, à 12:39, Loopers-Delight-d-request@loopers-delight.com a écrit :

From: "Byron Howell" <howell.byron@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: OT: Music books that transcend technique...(was Re: semi-OT: i recommend Victor Wooten's book)

I teach & practice T'ai Chi, which uses breathing as one of the
elements to bring about relaxation. Since I have found so much benefit for myself, I am wanting to share
this with others. I have played with the idea of doing local

A workshop like that is most needed. If I were anywhere near, i would
support. I primarily came to looping through an injury which prevented
me fro pursuing drum-set practice and gigging. <snip>

The main aspect of my drumming that really sped up the injury was my
complete lack of awareness for my breath. Now that i have focused on
my breathing patterns i notice how really hard it is to keep a steady
pace while playing. My playing goes all wonky. Its like practicing new
breed excercises. The breath becomes the fifth limb. lately i have
begun starting my practice sessions by syncing my playing to my
breathing and vice versa.

now that i am in the process of resetting my spine, i find that
failing to breath properly always ends up in some type of tension
somewhere in the body. Once you become hyper aware, its kinda a curse
tho...one ends up spending hours eliminating tension in the body in
order to play a note that not many notes get played hehe...but for
ultimate freedom of any injury its a nessesary process. musicians
playing freely now, should incorporate this aspect to make sure your
still doing so in 10 to 20 years. At age 26, I discovered very early
the perrels of improper breathing.