How to Blow a Shofar

Master the art of coaxing music from a shofar, or ram's horn, an instrument played on certain Jewish holy days.

You will need

  • A shofar
  • Practice

Step 1 Wet your lips and blow Moisten your lips and position the mouthpiece at the right corner of your lips. With your lips tightly pursed, vibrate them in the same way you would to blow a raspberry.

Step 2 Learn the four sounds Learn the four distinct sounds made with the shofar at various points in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.

Step 3 Blow a tekiah Practice how to blow a tekiah, a three-second sustained blast that ends abruptly on a high note.

Step 4 Blow a shevarim Now learn the shevarim, three one-second notes that rise in tone that each end on a higher note.

Step 5 Blow a teruah Train yourself to blow 13 short, staccato sounds that resemble an alarm, known as a teruah.

Step 6 End with tekiah gdolah Learn how to do the tekiah gdolah, a final blast that lasts at least 10 seconds.