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Here is this weeks lesson and challenge!
I challenge you all to do a one hour practice session with soft
flowing lines. Little if any tension just soft lite tones beginning
with slow neighboring tones. With regular rests of 15 to 30 seconds .
Moving through slur, tongue, scales, arpeggios , melodies. Gradually
expanding the range as long as you remain quiet effortless and musical . The temptation to play full or loud must be suppressed in favor of creating fluid control at mpce and less volume.
Breathe in just the amount to play the line plus a few seconds. Inhale
and exhale in a circular unstoppable cycle. Do not push notes together.
Let them tumble into each other as they float on the air.
should feel your lips tingle and the slightest command from your ears
sends them to just the resistance . If you cannot play a little higher
note without tension or pressure Don't play it. Turn around and stay in
the comfortable range.
After a period of time your tone will improve and your body will settle into a sort of zen relaxation.
Let your body move with the tempo and then notice how smooth and easy
the fingers fly through faster and faster lines or scales.
Practicing in this manner will develop a foundation for all playing of all genre's
When you complete the session your lips will tingle and feel refreshed
and a little warm glow will be sensed in the playing muscles around your
This type of practice increases blood flow while playing.
The benefits last several days and you will know when it is time to do
Trying out mouthpieces should always be tested in this
manner. Allow the mouthpiece to show you what it does when you play
softly. If the tone is pure and even and it seems to float it will be a
contender. Avoid the temptation to play loudly or go up above the staff
until the mouthpiece proves it will respond with your kind of feel and
response. This will eliminate the dogs and assist your search. You can
play back and forth between several mouthpieces if you play quietly and
listen. Hope this helps.
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