Masterclass Handout
Breathe Quietly

Generally, any sounds or noises heard in conjunction with breathing are, and can only be, resistance against the air. Whether it be the hermetic sucking off sound created by inhaling before the mouthpiece is off the lips, gasping noises from the oral and throat regions, the tongue too near the molars or the roof of the mouth, or the sound of pulling air through the instrument (when was the last time you cleaned yours?), it is all preventing you from getting as much air in as fully and quickly as possible.

Noisy breathing is also an aesthetic consideration and has been known to disturb recordings. Besides, who wants to hear us gasping while listening to music? Overall, once you have been sensitized to it, this is generally an easy concept to incorporate into your playing, and will bring about noticable improvement and ease.