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    Hey guys,
    I'm trying to get back into drumming and singing. They're two of my favourite hobbies, I used to practice all the time and got quite good, but over the last couple of years I've got sloppy at them both from battling severe anxiety and mild depression (which ironically they used to control). One thing I've noticed especially with my anxiety is I get panicky with the whole breathing thing for drums, whether I'm doing it right or if something's going to happen, which means I often hyperventilate or hold my breath, or at least think I do. It's weird because I do know how to breathe deeply from the diaphragm and again used to do this well, but end up losing control over the breath anyway. I've had to stop playing on several occasions from a panic attack or just getting frustrated because it's driving me insane that I can't always play anymore. Anyone have some suggestions? Incidentally this applies for more vigorous exercise in general which I'm trying to get back into.
    Before anyone asks I'm in good health, by the way. Been checked a million times over. It's an anxiety thing.
    Thanks
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    As far as i know, you can play drums whilst out of breath (i've seen some REALLY unhealthy/obese drummers go crazy for several minutes), but if it's getting in the way, practice slower tempo songs at first, and don't exaggerate your motions too much (i.e. don't thrash), and if your songs have quick 8th notes on the hihat, use 2 hands, it'll get easier over time to play without getting tired.
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    I got no idea how you play drums when it comes to breathing but seeing as I am a trumpet player I came back 2 years ago after a 6 year break the best way to start off is starting slow making long notes, on a drum I guess you cannot do that so maybe a few slow beats that does not require too much from you.

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