Exercises to help reduce MP pressure

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Asher S, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Ed Lee

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    Again, I'll reiterate ... no more presssure of the mpc to the lips is necessary than that as makes an air seal. Such, allows one to play ALL the notes from the "basement" to the "attic" when the embouchure is well established to provide control of the airstream.

    Yes, soft "whisper" tones IMO are the pathway to attainment. Talk about practice mutes ... if you play soft enough, you may not need them.
     
  2. tobylou8

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    My wife would disagree with the last part of your statement ;-).
     
  3. Asher S

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    Beautifully said- I hear you. Thanks very much to everyone. I've already begun to feel and hear some initial improvement- still much (un)work to do.

    Thanks,

    Asher
     
  4. Markie

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    Ed sez:
    Talk about practice mutes ... if you play soft enough, you may not need them.
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    Ain't that the truth! I remember a person saying "If I can hear you practicing a football field away, then you're playing too loud".
    Playing soft, as discussed in Mouthpiece Pressure Assessment, goes hand in hand with reducing mouthpiece pressure.
    Also, don't be fooled into thinking that the only way to express a musical idea in a very powerful way is with volume and high notes. There's real beauty and power when a trumpeter plays soft and gets it right. With trumpet, there's a warmth in playing soft that no other instrument has. It's almost like the human voice.
    On an average day, I can make people say "Wow!" when I play hot in the stratosphere. On a very good day, I can make people cry when I play soft.
    It's a shock to the senses verses a shock to the emotions.
    You need to know how to do both.
    So, there's more to be achieved by playing soft than just reducing mouthpiece pressure.
    A whole lot more.
     
  5. Ed Lee

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    Honestly, if I were now playing, my wife would also. However, she can hear a silent dog whistle two blocks away ... but not the lowest 4 notes (white keys) on a piano. She did hear my Yamaha Silent Brass on trumpet and cornet ... but as she said, the sound was reduced to where it wasn't annoying (sometimes). She didn't hear my SB on trombone or euphonium at all.
     
  6. Asher S

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    You should switch to playing double bass ;-)
     
  7. Ed Lee

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    If I had the capability ... I have the ability to play tuba or Sousaphone whether they are Eb, C or BBb. Just sold my C tuba.

    Now learning to play keyboard on a Yammy 66 key, while an 88 key Roland sits in the corner. Output sound of either could be to earphones. Keyboards courtesy of daughter.
     
  8. wolfmann

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    You guys are FUNNY ROFL


    Thanks for the laugh I needed it today.
     
  9. Dark Knight

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    I have had the identical on-going battle. I feel your pain.

    DK
     

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