Breathe Well, Play Well

Jennifer Johnson

Photo Jennifer teaching BMG Jennifer Johnson

*Note. These sessions cannot be bought separately*

Breathe Well, Play Well. Mapping Breathing for String Players.

Learning to breathe according to our true anatomical structure can teach us about a skeletal and muscular balance throughout the whole body and free our arms, head, spine and legs for our music-making. Breathing mythologies that exist in our western culture have led many of us to breathe using unnecessary muscular work, which impedes movement in musical practice and performance. Learning to breathe well also informs our artistic intentions and allows us to produce the phrase that we hear clearly in our heads but is not emerging clearly from our instruments. Join us for an in-depth and interactive look at how our bodies are designed to breathe and how we can use that breath to free our sound and our musical intention!


December 8th - Day 1

An introduction to Body Mapping principles looking at the importance of retraining the senses and awareness in order to learn to move more freely. Breathing pioneers of the 20th century such as F.M. Alexander and Carl Stough and a summary of their discoveries will be included. This class will end with an exploration for musicians to discover how they presently use their breath (or don’t!) when they make music.

Props: Please have your instruments and a yoga mat/carpet ready for all classes

Also please have pen and paper ready for this class.


December 9th - Day 2

Correcting common breathing mythologies that cause unnecessary tension in the neck and whole spine that restricts ease of playing.

Playing explorations will centre on establishing free rib movement while playing or singing.

Prop: Please have some reading material on hand.


December 10th - Day 3

Correcting more common breathing mythologies that cause tension in the upper torso, lower torso and arms. Playing explorations will centre on establishing movement of the upper ribs and the lower torso, 360 degrees around the body.

Props: Please have a heavy book like a dictionary or atlas ready

Please have 2 sheets of bubble wrap OR an extra pair of socks ready

December 11th - Day 4

Master class style lessons for 2-3 participants who wish to explore their own breathing mismappings in more detail.

Details

Classes held via zoom, limited to small numbers. This event has multiple classes. Missed a class? You can still purchase a ticket to access the recording.


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All sessions: €80.00
Tue 8.12.20 Past Event
9:30–10:30 America/Chicago
Breathe Well, Play Well - Class 1
Wed 9.12.20 Past Event
9:30–10:30 America/Chicago
Breathe Well, Play Well - Class 2
Thu 10.12.20 Past Event
9:30–10:30 America/Chicago
Breathe Well, Play Well - Class 3
Fri 11.12.20 Past Event
9:30–10:30 America/Chicago
Breathe Well, Play Well - Class 4