Breathing Bag – Episode 1

Hi, everyone !

I hope you had a good week of practicing the previous exercises.

Before we start with this week’s exercise, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. There are no dumb questions, and I am here to help.

Secondly, I wanted to ask you, as the first subscribers to my free exercises your opinion on something:

Would you prefer that I send an email that goes with each video as I release them, or do you prefer that I bundle everything up and send an email weekly with all the exercises?

I don’t want to spam your inbox, so please let me know what you think.

This week has been crazy busy for me. I have been playing Carmina Burana every single day with the Berliner Symphoniker. Have you ever played that piece? Today is the last day.

I have gotten this question for a fellow bass trombonist regarding the third trombone part because it is in such a high range.

Here is a little article I wrote on this subject

Let’s get to this week’s exercise.

Have you ever used a breathing bag?

If you haven’t, I really recommend that you try it. It is a great tool to work on your relaxed breathing, and on your lung capacity extension. To get your own, click here

Here is the video I made on that subject

I was first introduced to this tool in the book: Also Spracht Arnold Jacobs

Here is how I would recommend you start using it :

Firstly, breath in and out of the bag in a relaxed manner.

No more than 30-45 seconds so that you don’t feel dizzy. Maybe the first few times, it could be a good idea to do it sitting down on a chair, back straight.

The exercise that I show on the video is to learn how to breathe in fast a good quantity of air.

Do each 2 times:

Exhale 15 inhale 1

Exhale 11 inhale 1

Exhale 7 inhale 1

Exhale 3 inhale 1

Exhale 1 inhale 1

Exhale 8th notes inhale 8th notes

Exhale 16th notes inhale 16th notes

Even when you do 16th notes, your aim is to fill the bag and take back all the air from in.

As a preparatory exercise, try the following :

  • Exhale 20 Inhale 20
  • Exhale 16 Inhale 16
  • Exhale 12 Inhale 12
  • Exhale 8 Inhale 8
  • Exhale 4 Inhale 4
  • Exhale 2 Inhale 2
  • Exhale 1 Inhale 1
  • Exhale 8th Inhale 8th
  • Exhale 16th Inhale 16th

On 8th and 16th, I would do it more than twice of course. ( until you reach discomfort )

Rest and do it again.

That’s it for today.

Here is a list of videos I will do next :

  1. Sticky notes in mid-low register
  2. Mouthpiece training series
  3. Pedal Notes training series
  4. Lip Flexibilities training series

Please let me know what else you would be interested in! 🙂

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Breathing Bag – Episode 1

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