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Rebreathing Bag Demo
Rebreathing Bag is a latex bag originally
intended for use in anesthesia. Use of the Rebreathing
Bag as a self-teaching device for musicians was
initiated by Arnold Jacobs, the famous tubist/teacher
from the Chicago Symphony.
OF THE REBREATHING BAG
The Rebreathing Bag is both an aural and a visual aid.
You can evaluate your efficiency, ease, and breath
capacity as you as you release, exchange and take in air
using the bag.
GETTING STARTED WITH THE REBREATHING
Place your lips around the tube.
Release your breath into the bag, blowing silently from
If there is noise from your throat when you blow into
the bag, try relaxing your tongue and throat while
lifting your soft palate.
Blow evenly from your mouth throughout each exhalation.
Allow the air to exchange easily and silently at either
end of each breath without stopped motion. The air
either moves in or out of the bag at all times.
Suck back all the air from the bag into your mouth with
each inhalation, feeling tall as you inhale.
After releasing your breath into the bag, suck the air
back from the bag and use this air to play or sing a
phrase. Notice how far one visibly measurable breath
will easily take you.
Play a phrase into the bag, watching your breath fill
the bag. Then suck the air back from the bag and play or
sing the phrase, duplicating the feeling of the release
of your breath into the bag.
Use the bag to teach yourself to inhale quickly and
deeply or in a particular rhythm. Measure your
improvement by watching a full bag empty as you inhale.
Practice music on the bag, watching to be sure breath
continues to release, filling the bag, through
articulations. Allow your spine to elongate as you
exhale. If the bag does not move while you are tonguing,
your air is not properly supporting the articulations
and the tongue is likely more tense than necessary.