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How does Bruce's 10 hole harmonica practice breathing?
Aug 24, 2018

Breath control is a vital part of playing any instrument. In this chapter, you will learn breathing techniques that not only improve your stamina when you play, but also help you increase your intensity as you play.

All professional harmonica players use a technique called deep breathing or diaphragmatic breathing when playing. The diaphragm is a sarcolemma that separates the chest from the abdominal cavity. If you want to shout loudly, you can feel the diaphragm falling when you inhale, as shown below;

Front view of the lungs and diaphragm:


The position of the diaphragm when the lower half of the lung is not filled with air

The position of the diaphragm when the lower half of the lung is filled with air

You should be able to feel the diaphragm rising as you exhale, and your chest and abdomen are back to normal. A good harmonica player knows how to exhale naturally and smoothly when needed.

Unlike many other wind instruments, the harmonica can pronounce when exhaling and inhaling. This means you can play for a long time without stopping to change your breath.

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