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Old 09-20-2017, 10:57 AM   #11
will granger
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Default Re: Suggestions for breathing exercises?

While there may be some effective exercises, I believe the best thing is to simply play as often as possible. Gradually, you will gain endurance and at the same trim learn more about tuning. You will notice when you gain endurance and before long you will be happily surprised at how long you can play.
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Old 09-21-2017, 07:30 AM   #12
Steve Law
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Default Re: Suggestions for breathing exercises?

OD, with respect, as others have suggested, maybe you're over-thinking this...

Question - do you link breathing frequency with tune playing on the practice chanter? No, didn't think so, you just blow until that breath runs out....then you either break rythm of the tune while you draw new lungfuls, keep the tune going in your head while you breathe, or if you're clever ( and I'm damned if I can do it) perform that circular breathing trick and keep both going.

So, suggestion...since you don't link the two things on the chanter, ask why you're doing it on the full pipes....maybe you can work it out for yourself (not being sarcastic here, but I don't think you have a real problem, just a glitch you thunk up.

I do have sympathy with the issue, as a friend let me try his bellows smallpipes recently and I got myself out of breath because I got so focussed on wrestling bellows, bag and fingers that I forgot to breathe myself! Now that's plain stupid 'cos it's an automatic function, but it bit me anyway...

Persevere and keep the questions coming, we're all on the same team...

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