Hi. This is Troy Roberts. And today we're going to talk about breathing exercises for the saxophone.
So when playing this instrument it's really important to not, kind of, contort your body in any way so that you can have best use of your lungs. And it's important to breathe deeply and down almost into your stomach.
If you think about it as breathing into your stomach. You're going to have a stronger airflow and more consistent airflow. And most efficient use of your air.
A good way to get the most out of your lungs is almost like a lung stretching exercise is to practice long tones using a full breath of air to move between one note and the other.
For example. So that was the whole capacity of my lungs split in half between B and B flat. Then you want to do the same thing from the B flat to A. A to A flat. All the way down the horn. All the way back up. Middle B.
I started on middle B. It's a good place to start. And that's really good as an embrasure workout as well as really getting your lungs stretched and making the most of your air capacity.