Weekly Tips 2/14/2010

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to the Weekly Tips!

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Here are your weekly Tips!

Weekly Tip #1 – Sometimes the exercises that were written long ago are more useful than trying to re-write something that will build range, endurance, etc.  Lately, I have flipped back to my Arban’s book with new vigor!  Page 126 of the Arban’s is an intervalic study designed to help loosen up the chops and make it easier to leap from middle / upper register notes to lower notes.   I’ve attached a copy of the page HERE for those of you who may not have an Arban’s book… but I highly recommend you stop on by the Book Store here to pick one up if you don’t have it in your collection of method books!

How To Practice This Exercise! – I do this two ways… AS written and with repeats – one right after another.  I don’t allow for any breaks in between each exercise as I want to keep the horn to my face for as long as possible… until I can’t really play much more or I’m missing the upper register notes consistently.  You REALLY want to avoid moving your EMBOUCHURE when performing this.  Allowing your aperture to flex inside the mouthpiece will assist you… but if you get too much movement in your supporting embouchure muscles, there’s a greater chance that it will cause you to want to pinch the aperture.

The second way to practice this exercise is 8VA!  Up an octave.  As you practice these up, be sure that you’re not allowing your aperture to pinch for the upper notes.  This will cause strained sound, double buzzing, and loss of notes.  Just keep the aperture relaxed, hold the embouchure in place and use your abs to push the air.  The more you practice this, the more stable you should become on the upper register notes!  In the coming weeks, I will record a video of me torturing myself with these very exercises!

We enjoyed a chance to attend this years 2010 TMEA conference in San Antonio… enjoy by watching the video we’ve put together.

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.”

Thomas H. Huxley
1825-1895, Biologist

Have a GREAT week!