How to Blow a Shofar?
A shofar is an ancient musical instrument used as a trumpet that is usually derived from the horns of different animals such as rams and sheep. These instruments were used to sound the battle cry, indicate alarm, and have multiple purposes on special days and special occasions.
Sounding a shofar is often a religious duty on some High Holidays in Judaism, such as Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement). Shofars can be easily found in gift shops in Israel.
Blowing a shofar may seem a bit complicated at first, but here are some tips that can help you to master this art:
• Ensure that your lips are placed in the right shape for blowing the trumpet. If you don’t have any experience of playing a horn or a trumpet, just close your lips and place them on the mouthpiece of your shofar.
• Blow air through your lips in a central direction, not through the sides of your mouth. Try to ensure that your lips close the mouthpiece so that air will not escape.
• Exhale as much air as you can, which will cause your lips to vibrate and create a similar sound to the cry of an elephant. If you are able to get a whistling sound, it means that you have mastered the blowing of the shofar.