Circular Breathing Basics for Didgeridoo: Bounce Breathing

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Bounce breathing is one of the didgeridoo circular breathing basics all players should learn. In this approach, the cheeks appear to be full the whole time. The quick pace of this exercise is the key.  The emphasis here is on maintaining a constant rhythm with your breath and sending continuous air through the didgeridoo with your abs.

This technique works well for beginners because it is not necessary to actively squeeze the cheeks

Make sure to focus on the rhythm and keep your cheeks full the whole time. The rhythm comes from the continued pressure. So it’s just “Out-In-Out-In…” repeating at a quick pace. Staying in time is very important for this exercise.

Again, we are keeping a very rhythmic breath cycle: in out in out. In through the nose, out through the mouth. You don’t even need to squeeze your cheeks. If you are doing it right you will maintain pressure in your cheeks and this keeps the air flowing through the didge. Pracitce this by getting into the rhythm without the didge at first. This needs to be done quickly because if you do it too slow it doesnt keep the pressure up and keep the sound going. Notice that the cheeks never come in all the way. Abs are very important here.

Bounce Breathing is an essential technique for didgeridoo players of all levels, so make sure to check out this video.

 

What is the most difficult part of learning circular breathing? Post your response in the comments section below.

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