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TPTV – Arnold Jacobs: Breathing


In this episode, Arnold Jacobs describes his views on breathing within the art form of music. He urged his students to think about the psychology of wind at the lips, and he encouraged shape change to allow for quantitative amounts of air to enter and leave the body (rather than the old school “tight gut” method, and body movement limitations such as the sternum and shoulders, which limited air movement) . Jacobs stressed learning good breathing techniques away from the instrument so as not to interfere with the activity of artistic expression


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