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    • #14987
      Elgin
      Participant

      A friend is warning about holding air in ones upper chest after exhaling from the abdomen. Have you heard of this? Is it a concern?

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      Greg Spence
      Keymaster

      Hey there Elgin, thanks for your post. It is a little vague so really understanding exactly what they mean and exactly the issue is hard to determine.

      “Holding” air implies closing the throat?! If that is the case it is cetainly undesirable.

      “Upper Chest” sounds like a reference to Claude Gordons approach to the expanded chest. We can get carried away with “is it right or is it wrong”.

      The air goes into the lungs! What we do with the body to get air into the lungs varies. There are two main yet conflicting approaches, the CG and Yoga expansion of the ribs up to the collar bones on an outward trajectory OR the suck inwards of the “belly” and expand the lungs upwards by raising the shoulder i.e. Roger Ingram, Bobbby Shew, Wedge Breath.

      Both of these approaches, if done incorrectly, can create major problems; usually choking and overblowing.

      So to answer your question, YES I have heard of it and YES it can be a concern but doesn’t necessarily have to be.

      Confusion arises when we align ourselves with a particular approach at the expense of all others.

      This touches on many deep issues regarding the overall psychology of learning and teaching.

      Blanket statements can be easily mis-interpreted and often mis-informed.

      Thanks,
      Greg

    • #21956
      bach37
      Participant

      I think I am experiencing this to a degree. After taking my breath with the backswing and working to allow the air to naturally move out of the body and into the instrument I find there is quite a bit of air high in the lungs that just won’t come out with some sort of serious engagement of the body’s muscular structure. It does not cause any choking per se but I’m sure the tension it causes is a big negative. So how much air just won’t come out with passive effort and has to be actively pushed out? If this is necessary, where should I be feeling the active “push?”

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