Effortless breathing for wind players and singers
What you'll learn
- Develop your breathing technique so that you are able to play or sing with more confidence and inner peace
- Learn how to breathe freely with the whole torso and not just the belly or chest
- Learn how to use a natural and effortless breath support
- Know more about the influence of breathing on your health
- Develop a (more) beautiful sound
- Know how to avoid injuries using a healthy breath support
- You sing or play a wind instrument, suitable for beginners and advanced players including pro's
- Breathing is the basis of good playing or singing. Too much tension or pressure can result in injuries or just too much effort and of course you want to be free to express yourself musically.
Are you a wind instrumentalist or a singer and do you wish to:
Develop your breathing technique so that you are able to play or sing with more confidence and inner peace
Breathe freely without the feeling of getting stuck
Learn how to breathe expanding the whole torso and applying breath support that is both powerful and relaxed
Be able to help your students more accurately with their breathing
A more beautiful sound
Boost your health
Connect more with your body
have a better understanding of the physiology of breathing and breath support
Know more about the influence of breathing on your health and physical processes like heartbeat and stress level including exercises to improve your well-being.
Just know more about this fascinating subject?
To develop a healthy way of breathing is unfortunately not alwasy easy and there are lots of misunderstandings about the way we should breathe when playing or singing. This can result in too much tension in our body and too much pressure on the throat, head and organs. The enormous influence of breathing on our health, emotions makes it very important to know more about it and learn to use your body in an optimal way. With exercises that help you develop your inner awareness.
This course is very effective to develop your skills, boost your health and, most of all, be a great musician.
I hope to see you in the course!
Who this course is for:
- Wind instrumentalists, singers
- The course is for both beginners as for advanced players including professional musicians.
My name is Floor Wittink and I am a professional classical saxophonist and breath coach. I have played in many projects, from chamber and symphonic music to musical theatre. Chamber music is a real passion of mine but I have also enjoyed various projects with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Holland Opera. From early on, I liked to create new projects, combining classical chamber music with theatrical or social themes.
I am currently performing in the storytelling concert Misschien wisten zij alles (Perhaps they knew everything), in which I (simultaneously) play and tell stories. A challenge which has allowed me to rekindle my love of piano playing and develop skills in storytelling. In Perhaps they knew everything, stories by Toon Tellegen are combined with classical music played on the piano and sax.
My own search to improve my breathing technique led me to a more effortless way of breathing and breath support. Among my teachers was Feldenkrais practitioner and clarinettist Gerard Zuyderhoff with whom I collaborated with in making this course.
For over 35 years Gerard worked as a Feldenkrais practitioner at the conservatory in Zwolle and at the Theater College in Utrecht. He guided both voice as well as instrumental students to optimize their movement and breathing while practicing and performing.
Later on I studied to be a breathing coach as well, focusing more on therapeutic aspects of breathing.
My 20 years of experience in the education field, next to being a musician, led me to making this online course about breathing. It was not easy to make a clear overview of this vast subject but a nice challenge and with satisfying result. The great Feldenkrais exercises that Gerard offered are combined with the most valuable exercises that I use in my workshops and lessons.