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 Re: Getting out of breath
Author: Speculator Sam 
Date:   2018-04-04 08:26

@Adrian your physical fitness isn't really a huge factor in your clarinet playing. If that was the case, then people like James Galway and Richardo Morales shouldn't be playing so well since they're "hefty". Of course, that's not an excuse to neglect your physical health and not bother exercising and perhaps taking an honest look at your diet.

I say personal health and fitness isn't a factor in clarineting in-of-itself, but staying healthy, avoiding cigarettes, etc., prevents things like, for example, a heart attack or a severe hospitalizing muscle strain from a tense chest that's never stretched. That way, you can stay in good shape so you can play your instrument without worrying about whether or not you're physically fit.

To the OP, I ditto the advice of everyone above. To Adrian, coming from being obese, than scrawny and suffering from mental anorexia and now a few years later after being a amateur athlete and now finally relaxing. It's not the number on the scale you should worry about. Rather, focus on a fitness goal. For example, not thinking "I'm fat", rather think "I have some fat that can I could live happily without"; instead of saying your absolute goal is to lose weight focus like a certain number of pull-ups or how much weight you bench press'd/squatted last week.

It's much like how in clarinet playing instead of thinking "I need to get good! I wanna play like Benny Goodman!" all the time the player should probably simply focus on the few little things they're working on today and what they could do tomorrow to improve upon it. The short-term goals that can be achieved within the week or so. When you aren't thinking too far into the future, you find that time flies by and "all of a sudden" three months that niggle and bad habit doesn't even exist and now you're a GIANT STEP (coltrane joke) closer to sounding like a professional player.

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