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#16 ExpressYourself

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:37

The glottis breathing is done in yoga and the instructor explained how to do it as- constrict your throat as though you are going to make Darth Vader noises. That helped a lot of people get it. 

 

I used to play horn but I don't remember using glottis breathing, at least not consciously. 

 

When teaching singing I show students the heavy breathing Darth Vader sound - to illustrate what we DON'T want. Which is false vocal folds restricting the air flow through the glottis.

 

Doing this habitually will force your true (and precious) vocal folds to work harder to make a nice sound and you will damage them.

 

Interested in Linda's experience of mouthing words being bad. I can see that - thanks for the heads up!


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 22:18

Yes, I can't see how Darth Vader breathing could possibly help to play brass. Or sing. Or woodwind for that matter.

 

Adjusting the abs to the pressure needed seems a more workable solution.

 

I will go with the exercises in the book. The preamble is written in an annoying and condescending style, so will just skip that. Shame, as I was looking forward to enlightenment! 


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 22:51

There's no book of enlightenment.

There's just hours and hours of long notes.
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Posted 12 March 2014 - 08:16

There's no book of enlightenment.

There's just hours and hours of long notes.

That itself is enlightenment.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 19:45

Yes, I can't see how Darth Vader breathing could possibly help to play brass. Or sing. Or woodwind for that matter.

 

 

To be honest I am not sure how it helps with yoga either :) 


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