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Jazz Sax Lessons: Posture: Standing & Sitting Correctly

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>> Okay,
so I wanna talk to you just a little bit
about the proper way to sit and stand.
I know it sounds a little silly,
but it's not.
I also know that you're gonna say,
I'm sure I'm gonna get a lot of videos or
messages on my forum saying hey, man,
you've gotta practice what you preach.
But when you're getting into
it,and you're doing this, A,
it's an emotion, or you have to do that
because you're looking at the music, but
I want you to know why it is important to
sit straight, and stand straight as well.
Basically it's this,
it's not that when we sit straight up,
you wanna stand or sit like soldiers,
but you wanna be comfortable.
The idea is this, that, don't forget that
our air is what's creating our sound.
And any interruption in that air,
we talked about the throat in my
throat position lesson, how that's
obviously a big factor, and our, just
everything else with regards to the air.
But anything we do physically that
if it is taking away from our air,
hey, we're playing a wind instrument,
we wanna give it all we can, right?
So when we find our nice,
even sitting position,
if you lean to one side, what's happening?
What can you actually feel in your sides?
You can feel that you're
kind of compensating now.
So, when I play like this,
I'm getting into it, but
my muscles here and
here are keeping me from the natural
gravitational tendency that have me
continue to go and fall over, right?
So, what I'm doing, what's happening
is that I'm using those muscles and
those muscles are constricting
my diaphragm.
And so it's making it more difficult
to use my full air capacity.
So imagine this, both sitting and
standing, that there's a line from the sky
through your head, through your body,
and straight down to
the center of the Earth.
And you wanna find that balance point,
it's not like,
again, it's not like this
military rigid kind of a thing.
It's comfortable, but it's solid, and
image, again,
if you have that sort of imaginary line.
When you play, it's easier just
to play more comfortably, okay?
And it's easier on your posture,
it's easier on your body as well.
But, again, when you play, if you're used
to playing like this, or used to playing
like this, sitting back in your chair,
how many people have you seen do that?
Have you done that?
Have I done that?
The answer's yes, but by doing this,
it improves your sound.
It's hard to hear it, it'll be hard
to hear it in this video, but I just
want you to know that how really important
it is, and it does make a difference.
So, just find your access point
when you're sitting down,
and just try to stay in that.
And then you can just sort of
tell if your compensating or
not, and I just know that when I'm,
how you doing?
If I'm something like that,
I'm feeling that compensation.
So the same thing when you're standing.
When I'm standing up, if I'm playing and
my feet are kinda balanced and
I'm playing like that, if I'm playing
like this or slouching, or bending, or
whatever, yeah, theatrically it might
be an important part of your show.
But if you're playing, again, you wanna
think about the line from heaven straight
down your head, and through your body, and
through down to the center of the Earth.
And you've got that access point now, and
you can, just I think making yourself
aware of the fact that if you're
straining your diaphragm or your chest or
your lungs, or
your embouchure for that matter,
if your neck is twisted in some weird way,
it detracts from your playing.
It does, and if you work with this I think
you'll find that it's more comfortable,
and it does help your airflow.
So just finding that middle access point
Is gonna help you a lot just playing.
Same thing with your neck and
throat position.
We talked about this earlier, but
just reiterate while we're here,
make sure that you adjust your neck
strap so that your horn comes to you.
You don't wanna come to it, so,
in the same way that we're finding out.
We found our access point and we're
playing, make sure that you find your
access point,
your comfort point with your head, that's
cutting off air with your throat, that's
cutting off air, that's cutting off air,
so you wanna make sure that your head is
resting comfortably on your shoulders and
you've set your neck strap so
your horn just comes right to you.
So if you're having to
come down to your horn, or
come up to your horn,
your cutting off the air with your throat.
It all comes together, you wanna make sure
you create that nice, even access point,
so you're able to get air through
the horn as easily as possible and
get the best sound that you can get.
So there you go, work with that.
>> [MUSIC]