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Breathing and Posture Exercise


from the book “Clarinet Warm-ups”, by Kelly Burke) 5 min

  1. Stand facing a mirror with your feet slightly apart
  2. Raise hands above the head and then slowly lower them to your side. This should help to elevate the chest, but be sure the shoulders are relaxed and not raised
  3. Inhale deeply and slowly over four counts paying careful attention that the shoulders do not rise. Concentrate on expansion in the abdominal area
  4. Hold for two seconds. It is important to stay relaxed and not let the air lock in the throat
  5. Form the letter “Q” with the lips and slowly exhale the air over four counts
  6. Breathe normally. Repeat if desired.

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