Face work!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Sofus, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Sofus

    Sofus Forte User

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    No doubt!
     
  2. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

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    If you want relaxed, it seems to me that Tine Thing Helseth is the poster child. When I first saw a video of her playing, I thought she was just holding the trumpet and the sound was dubbed in. She looks like she is in a trance. I can't imagine how she can change embouchure with no outward signs.
     
  3. veery715

    veery715 Utimate User

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    Could it be she doesn't change her embouchure?
     
  4. ComeBackKid

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    Good point! It was a poor choice of words on my part. It's true that none of us should change our embouchure while playing. What I meant to say was there is no apparent change in the tension of her mouth or face in going from low/slow notes to high/fast notes. She is perfectly relaxed in all situations. It appears that whatever changes she makes happen within the confines of the mouthpiece. Is there something there for the rest of us to learn?
     
  5. MTROSTER

    MTROSTER Piano User

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    The strained facial expressions are part of the art. Let's face it. When you play trumpet you have to work at it.:-P
     
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    The videos could very well be dubbed (just like Alison Balsoms). There is ALWAYS a certain amount of muscle movement unless you are holding out long tones. Videos are not there to inform you about the playing. they are there because beauty and sensuality sell more videos than good playing does. This is what MONEY is about. Both of these beautiful ladies play extremely well, but use their "other" charms to attract non-trumpet players.
     

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