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:

  1. The chords change
  2. In 2 or 4 bar phrases
  3. 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!