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Breath Work & Drumming: Maintaining Your Tempo & Improving Control
Part 3: Building Your Breath Work Chops
So far, we’ve discussed:
Want to correct poor breathing habits and build up your breath work “chops” for improved drumming performance? Let’s get to our breathing rudiments!
Breath work 101
Tempo breathing uses a count to maintain your breathing rhythm, allowing you time to use the oxygen you inhale, as well as enough time to get the carbon dioxide out.
4-1-4-1 tempo. This is the foundation. I start everyone here.
Once you feel comfortable with 4-1-4-1 tempo, challenge your lungs and diaphragm by expanding your hold time to 4 seconds.
Continue x 1 minute. (For all those drummers that read music, this is 8 bars of breath work.)
Begin by positioning yourself face up so that your back is on the floor with the feet on a chair. The knees and the hips are bent to 90 degrees. Your neck and spine should be “neutral” and comfortable. Place one hand on the upper chest and one hand on the lower abdomen.
Begin laying face-down with your forehead resting on your hands and let your chest and hips sink into the floor.
Sit comfortably, with your knees bent and your shoulders, head and neck relaxed. Place one hand on your upper chest and the other just below your rib cage. This will allow you to feel your diaphragm move as you breathe.
Functional Playing Position
Now you tie everything together, sitting or standing at your instrument.
Better breath control equates directly to better drum control.The training is easy and will make a big difference in not just your drumming, but your overall wellness.
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