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[quote] On 2005-07-10 07:59, ALLEN TIPTON wrote: Billy, it's an incredible lot of vital and useful information, Can I add one thing and I have been ventriloquising for 60 years, The FIRST thing to actually acquire, before lip control or anything else, is diaphramatic breathing.This means controlling the diaphragm so the lungs can expand furthwer and thus you have a greater and controlled supply of breath.Most books and vents advise taking deep breaths. It's NOT the same thing.Too many deep breaths only makes you dizzy. This is an easy technique to learn. Stand. relax. Breathe in through the nose,but DON't RAISE the shoulders. Relax As you breathe in the stomach presses gently out. You'll feel the rib cage widen & lift. Relax. Breathe out, through the mouth , bringing the stomach wall back in. Use all gently. What happens is the diaphram( my old speech teacher once called it an upside down umbrella) moves down, thus allowing the lungs more room to expand.Work on it for 10 minutes at a time. All actors use this necessary technique to deliver long lines without gasping for breath. Any drama teacher should be able to take you through the method. To TEST your diaphram, place a hand on the centre of the body, approx by the breast bone.It's the space between where the two sides of the rib cage slope away.PANT. You'll feel it moving. Don't overdo it else you'll get light headed. Magicans who patter also need to master this basic way of breathing.Your mike may break down & you'll then need all the help you can get! One other excerise to extend your breath supply. Take a breath, in thru the nose. Shoulders relaxed.Count ALOUD 1, 2, 3. Not too fast. Another breath.Thru the nose. Count aloud 1,2,3,4,5,6. Another breath then keep counting in multiples of 3 till you can do 30 on one breath. Please note it's NOT a race. If you need a second breath whilst trying, take it. Keep the PACE of the counting steady. Don't rush to get to 30. You may hit it sooner than you think but the idea is a progression. When you can count 1 to 30 on a single breath and preferably have a bit left, you're there. Does your general health good too. Allen Tipton UK [/quote]
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