General goals

  • being able to sense a good playing posture
  • control a good playing posture
  • relaxing in playing posture
  • relaxing while playing
  • power transfer in the body (core muscle support)
  • warming up and cooling down
  • identifying correct loading
  • playing quality and optimising your work
  • maintaining concentration whilst playing
  • familiarity with various practice models
  • developing your music reading skills

Example physical goals for wind musicians

  • breathing technique, blowing support
  • blowing speed, mouth hole, tongue position
  • embouchure, lip pressure, tension in the mouth and jaw area
  • supporting your instrument, shoulder posture, back posture
  • carrying your instrument

Think about the special features of your own instrument.


Erja Joukamo-Ampuja and Jouko Heiskanen