Videos of Flow Breathing and Suspension Support Techniques

Hello again!

In all fairness, some of you may have no idea what I mean by the phrases Flow Breathing and Suspension Support. Despite their descriptive names, they could mean different things.

In preparation for Saturday's 3pm Twitter discussion on those two subjects (and phrases), I am posting two videos I made today; one for Flow Breathing basics (with a hint of applications for it); and one for Suspension Support, which is a bit more of a radical departure from current accepted breathing techniques.

With out belaboring the descriptions, I'll let the videos speak for themselves. But I must apologize ahead of time for their poor production quality. I wanted to release something reasonably substantial (in content, at least) before Saturday's Twitter discussion.

If you use Twitter, I hope you'll join in with your questions and opinions by searching #floB or tweeting it to voice your questions or opinions.

If you don't use Twitter much or at all, you are welcome to comment to this post to ask questions or give opinions.


Flow Breathing lesson, taught from a lying down position -

Suspension Support, developed gradually through a series of (slightly meandering) steps-

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4 comments for “Videos of Flow Breathing and Suspension Support Techniques

  1. March 14, 2011 at

    Hello again. I personally am not sure what my level of playing is; in comparison to some of the other students who study privately I may be a little behind them. However, I would like to think I’ve achieved a bit for it all. Currently I have been mostly working on next year’s District Festival audition etudes as well as college audition material since I am a Junior in highschool. In my actual band class however, we are playing the march His Honor, Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, and recently a Holsinger piece which I cannot remember the name of.

    Luckily, I find that these pieces are conveniently simpler than some of the other things we’ve been doing: a perfect time to try to improve playing conditions rather than just the end result, I’d say! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would like to here-state โ€” though you may also see me mention later as well โ€” that I have indeed tried the tactics used in the videos here. I’m not sure whether I did them correctly or not as how you intended, but what I obtained was something phenomenal. It may have been the visual aspect of it, but something made understanding that making the sound comes from the airspeeds and pressures and amounts and etc. rather than the embouchure easily understood and applicable. It sounds silly and obvious when said outright, I know. I think you’ve helped me find a cure for my pinched-off brightness that plagued my tonguing speed (at least partially) and tone quality.

    While I’ve not had extensive time to practice with it, I think that so long as I am sure to support myself with air to prevent from going flat, I may have stumbled upon something quite great.

    I can understand how that makes sense. I was just curious as to whether or not the airiness was intentional or whether it was just the recording. Also, it also makes sense that you’d remove the dates. I was just hoping that I wasn’t replying on a years’ old thread or something.

    Well, I managed to ramble on a bit, but thank you for posting up this video. It may have provided me a large leap into relaxed, productive playing!

    • March 15, 2011 at

      Kyle, you did not ramble on at all. You are very polite and considerate. I appreciate that. And my short answers are not in any way a dismissal.

      You have made my day with your comment. My technique is so new that only a few people have tried it. Although it almost always has positive results, it is always a bit scary when someone new tries it. So when you wrote how much it has helped, you really made my day. Thank you.

      By the way, the practice cafe is a bit quiet right now, because I am involved in setting up a new design for my site, and I haven’t had a chance to draw people in to write journals. But don’t worry, it will pick up in April.


  2. March 12, 2011 at

    I’m going to be late in responding to this in correlation to its release date (I’m guessing as I cannot find a published date :] ), but no worries.

    I looked at these videos at your suggestion, as well as a few articles around here on flow/suspended breathing. I haven’t yet tried them out, but they seem very interesting. The only concern I have is whether that “airy” sound behind the notes would ever go away? Maybe it is just your microphone (in which case I am not trying to be rude). On the other hand, your tonguing speed was quite impressive. I have issues getting it to go any faster than maybe 90 bpm on certain days.

    I look forward to at least trying these practices out, even if they don’t catch on at first. Gentler attacks could be very nice.

    • March 14, 2011 at

      Hi Kyle, give me an idea of your level of playing. What are you working on, for example?

      The airy sound is just a factor of using more air to warm up and gain control of the sound without biting. It is your choice to keep it in or not, depending on how you want to sound. Sometimes an airy sound is nice for a soft solo. Sometimes not.

      I remove dates of publication because these videos and posts are intended for a book, and are not date specific.

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