the sound source

You can internally visualize your sound source at the bottom center point of your diaphragm : this is the Japanese Hara or the Chinese Tan Tsienn, representing the location of universal energy, or of original breath.

This inner process is unveiled in George Kochevitsky’s Art Of Piano Playing.  From this point down, your back muscles extend the inhalation process towards exhalation, converging from the diaphragm to the transverse abdominus muscle, and the air column enters into vibration along its whole height, feeding the vocal cords, as Alfred Tomatis shows it in The Ear And The Voice.

Incidently, you might consider the various understandings of “the sound source“, all of which are relevant to our subject… This fat and vibrating sound also fills up Dominique Hoppenot‘s Inner Violin.


You should feel and watch the point where inhaling becomes exhaling, realizing that you do not actually work your inhaling out. Visualizing this process is the whole point.

Robert Pichaureau
(translated by Guy Robert)


Concentrate on your diaphragm : you can feel it abasing itself while inhaling and pressing down on your viscera, then flexibly raising back up while you expire. You should unveil this focal point of your breathing, but how can you locate it ?

Just feel the precise point where the pressure generated by the lowering-down diaphragm converges.

(…) at about 5 cm under your ombilic and 7 to 10 cm inside your belly.

Michel RicquierTraité de pédagogie instrumentale
André Van Lysebeth, Pranayama, dynamique du souffle
(translated by Guy Robert)


When you have found this center point out, just keep your body weight concentrated there.

Michel RicquierL’utilisation des ressources intérieures
André Van Lysebeth, Revue mensuelle yoga
(translated by Guy Robert)

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