Breath holding and heightened arousal: Composing anxiety or intensity? Jennifer A. Borkowski
Three part post : First, Breath holding techniques for flute including video performance of (t)air(e) by Holliger. Second, Shakuhachi and 間 (ma), the space between the notes. Third, Bansuri and the breath. But first Ganesha and Krishna.
This post more about the breath in general, skilful breathing, than kumbhaka in particular. What was interesting for me in this article below was how causes of stress and anxiety for a flute player in a performance became exaggerated in a score and thus addressed, overcome.
|Ganesha playing flute|
|Krishna playing flute|
|See post Chanting or playing flute in asana http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2013/04/chanting-or-playing-flute-in-asana.html|
|Shakuhachi musical notation http://myoanshakuhachi.blogspot.jp/2009/11/jinbo-sanya-aka-oshu-reibo.html|
Bansuri and the Breath
"Students frequently ask whether yoga breathing exercises are useful, to improve a players breath control, the answer being, not in any evident way. The fundamental difference between yogic breathing and that of a wind player is that in yoga, breathing involves bath the nose and mouth and the underlying principle is of regular breathing in and out. The flute player can only breathe through the mouth, and the rhythm is entirely dictated by musical necessities. However, one great advantage that Indian music has over western classical music is that it is not fixed, and the musician can adopt musical phrases and sequences to suit his/her own capacity".