Breathe naturally when you play your violin!

You would be amazed how often I see student violinists holding their breath as they play. When they finish the piece there is a great big huff, and it's not just relief that the piece is finished, they're actually playing in oxygen debt! They NEED a breath!

There are times when you may want to emphasize something, and you may alter your breathing.  But for the most part, playing violin is a normal, everyday activity. There really shouldn't be much of a change between your breathing when you're playing from when you're listening. You should not hold your breath and play...then gasp...then hold your breath and play...then gasp!

Before you start:

1. Relax.

2. Take a deep breath.

3. Play.

I tend to take a deep breath before the start of a phrase or a passage...but it's as much mental preparation as anything!

Tense players who hold their breath produce strained notes.  (And eventually they turn blue and fall over.)

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When you play violin, Smile, Relax, Breathe!