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You Will Need
- Glass of water
- Your woodwind instrument
Practice breathing with puffed cheeks
Puff out your cheeks, and then breathe normally through your nose to get the feel of breathing with your cheeks extended.
Blow air out lips while breathing in
Puff your cheeks and create a small hole between your lips. Control the muscles in your cheeks to allow air to exit slowly through the hole while you breathe in and out through your nose.
Use a straw to mimic an instrument
Place a straw in a glass of water, puff your cheeks, and squeeze the top of the straw between your lips.
Empty your lungs
Inhale deeply through your nose and then exhale through your mouth at a constant pace until you empty your lungs. Keep the bubbles in the water as regular as possible.
Close your throat
Repeat step four but, before your lungs empty, fill your cheeks and mouth with air and inhale quickly and deeply through your nose. Close your throat off with the back of your tongue, and continue to exhale.
Switch between mouth and lungs
Breathe in through your nose to replenish your lungs with air while continuously blowing out the air stored in your cheeks and mouth. Switch to pushing air out from your lungs; then close your throat and expel the air in your mouth while you inhale.
Practice holding pitch with a mouthpiece and barrel
Practice holding a steady pitch using only your mouthpiece and barrel. Blow air with your cheeks alternately puffed and unpuffed. Then introduce circular breathing.
Add the rest of the instrument
Incorporate your entire wind instrument into your circular breathing practice. Focus on mastering the technique before worrying about making a perfect sound.