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 Getting out of breath
Author: BronzeOrbiter 
Date:   2018-03-02 16:48

Hello everyone,

I'm having this problem where i get very out of breath on playing long peices without rests. I get this feeling that I have too much air in my lungs and I get an urge to exhale. (Sort of like i'm not blowing out through the clarinet quick enough.)

My teacher is not quite sure why. I am making sure I play with plenty of diaphragm support, and that i don't breathe randomly. I'm not sure what the problem is. I'm wondering whether I might be taking too big breaths, or maybe it's something to do with getting anxious.

Any opinions greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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 Re: Getting out of breath
Author: Burt 
Date:   2018-03-02 18:11

As I understand it:
Any air in your lungs will allow you to blow the clarinet.
You get out of breath because the carbon dioxide percentage in that air is too high.
The cause is taking quick breaths when you still have plenty of air in your lungs. (If you wait until you are nearly out of air, you don't have enough time for a decent breath.)
So the carbon dioxide builds up.
The solution is to expel the stale air and fill your lungs with fresh air - easier said than done when you don't have a long enough rest. The next-best thing is to play with your lungs nearly empty, and take short breaths often.

I've experienced the same problem. I suspect every wind player has. I have not learned to do circular breathing, which may be a solution.

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 Re: Getting out of breath
Author: Ed Palanker 2017
Date:   2018-03-02 18:16

Could be both. You don't need to take a full lung of air for a short passage because you do have to let air out before breathing new air in many times. It could also build up to much pressure in your upper chest making it uncomfortable to exhale in order to inhale. Learn to pace the amount of air you take in.
When it comes to long passages without rests one has to plan where to breathe so you can get through the passages without leaving out notes, if possible, by making a longer note a little shorter where ever possible to keep the phrase in line. The worst thing to do is to wait until you're completely out of air and force a breath or to take a full breath when not practical. Plan ahead and practice taking short breaths when needed.


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 Re: Getting out of breath
Author: BronzeOrbiter 
Date:   2018-03-03 16:44

Thanks very much for the help. I think you're right, i need to pace myself more when taking breaths and maybe not breathe so deeply.Ed Palanker wrote:

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