Breath, Its Infinite Cycle The breath cycle For those who work well with visual imagery, have a look at this adaptation of one of my clever student’s drawings. The mid-point of the “8” represents your lungs as they are when speaking normally, just havin’ a conversation. Michel Debost calls this “mid-breath”, and describes its usefulness in his book The Simple Flute. The white arrowsheads, hopefully discernible on your screen, show the flow to and from this mid-point. I love how the figure “8“, when turned on its side, also represents infinity. Once you pass this point by actively filling or actively emptying the lungs, it can be helpful to realize that the next natural step is a passive one. I find this helpful when having to take a quiet, quick breath when playing, say, a fast movement from a Bach Sonata. Related Posts Robert Winn: Musical Exercises to Develop the Technique Paul Edmund-Davies: 28 Day Warm Up Book Why Augmented Scales Kick Butt The True Range of the C Flute Are we confused now? Circular Breathing on the Modern Flute The Value of Time Intonation Exercises Finger Exercises Based on Tai Chi Shiri Sivan Masterclass, Mental Preparation prev next Related PostsOctober 26, 2015 No More Tears – Breath as a Leit MotifJanuary 21, 2014 Are intervals born of air or lips? Let the leopard decide.March 17, 2009 Wannabe Yogi – and some breathing ideasJanuary 20, 2009 The Value of TimeFebruary 15, 2009 Are we confused now?