Can someone explain the pencil trick to me?

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  1. 1stTrumpet

    1stTrumpet Pianissimo User

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    :play::play::play::play::play:
     
  2. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    That's where the Joker stood a pencil on it's end and called the bad guy over and slammed his head onto it, making the pencil disappear.
     
  3. operagost

    operagost Forte User

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    Solar Bell: yeesh.

    Eric Bolvin has a video on Youtube. Search for "pencil exercise".
     
  4. RB-R37297

    RB-R37297 Pianissimo User

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    Glad I'm not the only one who thought of this when I saw the topic title. ROFL

    But to answer your question, what you do is you hold a pencil between your lips (not your teeth) and try to hold it as close to parallel to the floor as you can using just your lips for about thirty seconds or a minute or so. Take it out, rest for a little while, and repeat twice at most. The important thing is to not overdo it.

    There are videos on Youtube that can explain this much better than I can.
     
  5. The Kraken

    The Kraken Piano User

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    So what is it?

    A Pencil TRICK? or a Pencil Excerise?

    and is it any better then buzzing on a mouth piece?
     
  6. RB-R37297

    RB-R37297 Pianissimo User

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    Technically it's an exercise, but I think the wires reading "trumpet" and "The Dark Knight" might have crossed when he was typing out his message.

    I'm not really sure if it's any better than buzzing.
     
  7. operagost

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    "Pops" McLaughlin recommends using a short pencil, like one you'd use to keep score in bowling or golf, before moving up to the regular pencil. You'll get plenty of burn holding the short pencil for an entire minute.
     
  8. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

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    Pencil exercises are like religion, some people say they work, some don't.

    Here's a good video by Nick Drozdoff that I would suggest over any pencil 'tricks'.

    YouTube - Embouchure Design Revisited
     
  9. kcmt01

    kcmt01 Mezzo Forte User

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    The pencil exercise works great for building muscles when you can't practice, for example driving down the road. Also, alternating an exaggerated pucker and flat smile helps. They don't take the place of practicing, they just help muscle tone.
     
  10. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

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    To do the pencil trick correctly , form your embouchure, insert pencil while drinking a glass of water, while your puppet recites the alphabet ,while you pull a rabbit out your hat.

    ta da tat da ta da ta............
     

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