Describing how to play higher to a beginning student

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Jimi Michiel, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. S-Money

    S-Money Pianissimo User

    Dec 8, 2006
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    All great stuff. Just dont say tense or tight... makes me shudder!

    Try keeping lips and corners "firm" or something like that!
  2. brunets

    brunets Pianissimo User

    May 28, 2007
    I was wondering how many of you read the essay of Claude Gordon called "Brass playing is no harder that deep breathing"...

    I finally decided to order it and read it carefully and there is one this that comes often : "forget the lips".

    I won't spoil your pleasure to discover the rest of the essay. Quite entertaining on some part but this is still a really serious reading on the subject.

  3. oj

    oj Pianissimo User

    Sep 9, 2005
    There are some "mantras" in brass playing. ;-)

    Many of them can be usefull at times, but useless at other. Gordon is not my favourite brass teacher - Arnold Jacobs is.

    His mantra (if understood) is more to the point: Song & Wind!

    As Gordon, Jacobs teaching experience was that the lips was almost never the problem.

    If breathing was good and the brain was focusing on the song, everything would fall into place.


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