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Tip #1 – Breathing Suggestions – Clarification From Last Week’s Video
Last week I posted a video with a suggestion to help improve range, endurance, etc by using more of the air and less of the chops. I had mentioned that using the abs is a great way to ensure that you start to use your air more efficiently. My best description is to think of your lower stomach as a balloon. By allowing the lower part of your stomach to be relaxed as you breathe in, it will allow you to store your air in the lowest part of your torso.
As I breathe in, I usually stop taking in air once I feel the upper part of my chest start to fill up. This allows me to take in a comfortable breath without over filling. Once you start to play, pull your stomach in as you need to compress the air. Coupled with keeping your mouth more closed, this will ensure that air speed is produced naturally vs. forcing the air to move faster by tightening your lips or smashing the mouthpiece into your teeth (with your lips pressed between crying for help).
Tip #2 – Listening / Transcribing Is Vital Practice Too!
For us to really dig into our preferred style of music, actually spending time listening to the masters play is vital. Whether it be classical, jazz, fusion, latin, or funk / pop, it’s important to listen, dig in, and learn.
Much like learning a spoken language, it’s important to get in with the native speakers and listen to annunciation, sentence flow, and sentence structure. Taking it a step further, and transcribing (writing down) what you hear with rhythmic accuracy, note accuracy, etc. is a deeper form of learning.
A couple of the tools that I use to aid in this process are as follows:
“The Amazing Slow-Downer” – available at www. ronimusic.com
“Musescore” – Available at www.musescore.org
Much like it’s name, “The Amazing Slow Downer” is software (available for Mac and PC) that you can customize to slow down songs, passages, etc. so that they become discernible. Trying to transcribe one of Arturo Sandoval’s blistering passages would be nearly impossible without it…
Musescore is notation software that is “free-ware” and also available for Mac and P.C. As it functions much like Sibelius, it’s pretty simple to learn and makes writing it down on paper a thing of the past.
With these tools, and a little time, this will help continue your musical growth…
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David J. Schwartz
Trainer and Author
Have a GREAT week!