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Re: Poor Breathing
If they really need to be motivated have them keep a dollar on the wall and if they hold it there for a chosen amount of time they can keep it.
How would you approach the issue of a beginner not pushing any real "volume" of air? We were doing our breathing exercises and I literally felt nothing. The students entire ability to play anything decently is crushed because of their air support.
I thought about buying one of those hospital breath volume analyzer tools to show him but I think its just an effort issue.
I think he's trying to switch to another instrument. Band is required for the next two years for him. He knows note names and fingerings well.