Are You Breathing Wrong?
The breaths or spaces in a solo can be as important as the notes themselves. The "right kind of breaths" help us to give shape and rhythm to phrases and contribute to the overall structure of a solo. Unless we take breaths which aren't forces upon up because the chords change in a way that takes too much thought, we won't get the feeling and sound of fluency in our jazz lines.
I've found that my students normally take a breath in a solo for 3 reasons, and these are not normally the best reasons!
New improvisers normally take a breath when:
- The chords change
- In 2 or 4 bar phrases
- When they run out of ideas
In this lesson, I cover what's different about how the professional jazz player breathes and exactly what you can do about it!