Check Your Pressure!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by dbacon, May 26, 2005.

  1. dbacon

    dbacon Mezzo Piano User

    Oct 24, 2003
    Scottsdale, AZ.
    A couple of ways I like to check on pressure in the high register (as in too much!) beside just the sound (the best indicator) is with vibrato, lip trills and shakes, glissandos, doits etc. If you are playing towards the top of your register, you add hand vibrato and nothing happens......too much pressure. Same for lip trills and shakes. If you think you have a killer high F but can't play a shake, you might be using excess pressure (I like air speed instead, through a well developed embouchure!). Think that E is rock solid, but can't doit up from it? Could be the arm strong method is holding you back. Glissando the same indicator.

    Using efficient mechanics is the solution. The above, along with the sound, might tell you there's a challenge with the pressure you are using.

    Pushing notes out the back of the neck is another indicator.

    Endurance, no power, gigs go away, women look at you funny, the rents due.....the pressure mounts!!! :-o
  2. tom turner

    tom turner Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Georgia, USA
    Good points all around Dave!

    I've been writing on the reduction of pressure on a thread on "another site" recently . . . from a different direction but with the same expected results . . . and same expected disasters if one resorts to the old "Arm-Strong" method!

    I love your last line!!! :lol:


  3. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

    Oct 26, 2003
    Hey now! Me and "Flex Armstrong" go waaaay back!

    I've been working on that aspect of playing too in an effort to assist with endurance.

    Great posts!
  4. FlugelFlyer

    FlugelFlyer Piano User

    Dec 15, 2003
    Palos Park, IL

    Vibrato was how Maynard developed his upper register, remember that. However, something I'd like to add is often times I'll stand in a mirror while I'm practicing and watch what my legs are doing. Often, I'll make sure my stance is planted into the ground like I'm setting a pick on Shaq, and often that forces the windpipe to stop doing the work and forces the large muscles around the lungs to provide the power necessary to sustain those notes.

    Remember though, overmanipulation is harmful. :shock:
  5. Dave176

    Dave176 New Friend

    May 23, 2005


    Tom Turner led me to a new embouchure that I have been building over the past year. It is pretty simple I started compessing my lips directly into each other right in the center and I started trying to release the tension in my corners. It was a struggle for a while the corners have less tension and I have much less mouthpiece pressure even in the upper registers.

    Dave Littleton

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