Weekly Tips 5/9/10

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome To Weekly Tips,

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Here is this week’s tips!

Tip #1 –  How Much Listening Do You Do?

Much of what we do as artists carries a message to our listeners.  So it stands to reason that if you’re playing in a funk band, but only listen to classical music, you’re interpretation may be a bit off.  It’s one thing to play parts “technically” correct, but it’s completely something else to play within a style.  To become a more effective musician, know your styles, understand how lines are shaped, played, and heard by recording yourself playing riffs, etc.  This short little common sense practice will help you get called and called back because our business should be based on repeat calls… it’s much easier to win and keep current gigs than it is to track down new ones!

Tip #2Take My Tension Test Later This Week!

I will be posting a new video this week that will be a 2 minute test on tension.  It’s really simple to follow and will help you identify if you’re tensing up as you ascend and at what point.  The more clearly we can identify “where” the tension starts in our playing, the faster we can get rid of it.  For my own playing, I was actually starting to tense at D (4th line).  I remember when I was a beginner, and this note posed problems for me… I didn’t have guidance as far as chops were concerned, so like most of us I did what I had to do to get to certain notes.  That’s where it all starts.  We memorize habits (good & bad) – once we have them memorized, that’s what we subconsciously turn to.  In order to fix this, we have to find the source of the problem, in this case, where it starts.

If you don’t want to wait for the video, there are a couple of things you can do to identify them – and remember – be honest with yourself.

1) Starting on 2nd line G, play as softly as you can in long tones… ascend upward slowly.  Where ever you feel yourself starting to pull your lips inward and tense them, that is your “starting” point.  Rushing ahead (going higher) will only keep you in the same place… so take your time.

2) Octaves… this exercise is actually in the back of my book.  I once again start on 2nd line G softly… while “holding” my lips in a small setting I ascend to the G on top of the staff trying NOT to hit any partials in between.  Slur this exercise as you don’t want any false feelings from the help your tongue offers you.  Once you can get the top line G out without changing the lip setting, you can move chromatically upward.  Remember – SOFT!  Playing to loudly will only cause you to fight the air stream with your lips.

Watch for the video this week!

“The world is divided into people who do things, and people who get credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class, there is far less competition.”

Dwight Morrow
1873-1931, Businessman, Politician and Diplomat

Have a GREAT week!