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Circular Breathing Basics for Didgeridoo: Bounce Breathing



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one of the best ways I've seen for new

players to learn circular breathing is a

technique called balance breathing we're

going to show it to you in this video

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I'm AJ block and I want to welcome you

to ditch project on this channel we've

got all sorts of tips tutorials and

interviews with amazing musicians also

that you can elevate your music to a

higher level this class comes from our

course called the ABCs of didgeridoo

which is an amazing way you can learn to

play didgeridoo with our gifted

instructors and I'm going to tell you

more about that after the lesson in joy

first I want to review bounce breathing

because that was one that really helps a

lot of people in this class you know

it's a great approach for circular

breathing it really works for some

people so essentially with Bounce

breathing we are keeping a very rhythmic

breath cycle just in out in out into the

nose out through the mouth into the nose

out through the mouth

and you don't even need to really

squeeze your cheeks if you're doing it

right the pressure you you maintain just

by pushing air into your cheeks each

time will actually keep the air flowing

through the ditch check it out so I just

practice it by getting into the rhythm

keep the cheeks full the whole time

now I'll try to exaggerate the inhale

sound with my notes so you can hear me

going

of course when I'm doing it in the ideal

way you don't even hear the sound from

my inhalation it's just the didge sound

keeps going and the inhales are very

soft because I'm only taking it a little

bit of air each time so again balance

breathing get the rhythm going and it

has to be done kind of quick if you do

it too slow it doesn't keep enough

pressure in your mouth to keep the sound

going so notice my cheeks they never

come in all the way abs very important

here so I want to give you a close-up of

Bounce breathing so you can see exactly

what my cheeks are doing I'm literally

just going in through the nose out

through the mouth in equal and opposite

motions in out in out in out check it

out now every time I blow out I'm

actually pushing quite hard with my abs

as you saw before so when you see my

cheeks fill up they're filling up

because I'm actually making pressure

with my abs and see when I'm doing this

into the didge it works really well

because that pressure in the cheeks is

maintained while the lips are buzzing

the whole time and the drone is still

going on so now I'm going to show it to

you with the didge

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if you can't get the lips to buzz right

away that's totally fine you can just

start blowing through the instrument and

every time you inhale let the drone cut

out if you keep doing this and really

focus on keeping your cheeks full the

whole time keeping the rhythm going very

consistent in out in out eventually

you'll start to hear the sound

continuing even when it was just

dropping out before and then you'll be

doing bounce breathing slowly and surely

one good exercise would be to do double

time so do a few slow and then it's few

fast like

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this will help you internalize bounce

breathing at any speed so you can really

apply it in any musical situation so

you've gotten a little taste of what we

teach in the ABCs of didgeridoo in this

course you can actually work one-on-one

with our teachers and get feedback so

you're not just watching the videos but

you're actually having people sit with

you and we do this on skype a video chat

and give you the feedback you need tell

you what you're doing right and what

you're not doing right telling you how

to make those little adjustments you can

get mastery over circular breathing

rhythms and all sorts of didgeridoo

technique check it out at digit comm

slash ABCs today's question of the day

what is the hardest thing for you about

learning circular breathing post your

response in the comments section below

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