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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by keigoh, Jan 8, 2013.
Why are breath attacks important?
To keep Kingtrumpet at greater than arms length from my personal zone?
Seriously... to vary technique and color of notes. We demonstrate this a lot in my middle school jazz ensemble and have a work book that we use to apply this technique.
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Sometimes you don't want a hard attack on a note. I've played in several one-shot orchestras where the director has requested that the brass "back off" on note attacks on some softer sections.
It's the thing that makes you more powerfull than all other musicians, plus you can do a lot of articulation and other tricks with it.
I can think of two reasons off the top of my head
1) It helps with response time ... at first you probably get a little bit of air and no sound before the lips start vibratting ..breath attacks help you recougnise and work on getting rid of the gap.
2) the better the breath attack the less tongue is required for a good attack, which improves speed and reduces cracked notes.
3) I know I said two but this one just popped up ... strengthens your air support system.
I find the "pooh" attack does more for the chops than the breath only "hooh" attack. The chops need be in just the right position for this to work and provides excellent training for using a softer tongue. I've never had to use a breath attack in performance to "soften the blow" for conductors.
And if you get carried away and use this method in excess, we do have medications for pooh attacks!
Hard attacks are more expensive to treat.
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The Basic Caruso - do the 1st exercise - there's your answer - timing and attack.