How do I know when I'm using too much pressure?

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  1. degree210

    degree210 New Friend

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    Ok for a while now I've been trying to lose the amount of pressure that I use to play my instrument. I was wondering if the correct amount of pressure is zero, no pressure, or is there a fine line between when it turns into a bad habit and when it's ok to use a small amount of pressure. So, is there a right amount of pressure or should I strive for zero pressure? Thanks
     
  2. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    When your lips look like mine.....you're probably using too much.
    Although mine are always like this.
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  3. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

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    Zero pressure doesn't exist...but if you ask the question, you probably use too much. SB, are you sure that this is from playing? :shock: There may be other reasons... :shock: ROFL
     
  4. rowuk

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    You know that you are using too much pressure when your high range stops at any particular note. Some inexperienced players call this "brick wall" which it is not.

    Playing with optimum levels of pressure will let you play higher, but the sound just thins out above that what your breath can support.

    Marks on the lips are no sign, only an indication of irritation.
     
  5. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

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    Exactly!

    My lips, like Satchmo and Maynard ALWAYS have the mark...even days away from the horn. They get redder if I play a pp scale or a four hour gig.

    Nothing to do with pressure.
     
  6. skankin'dan

    skankin'dan Pianissimo User

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    You should have just enough pressure to make a seal around your lips with the peice, and that's about it.
     
  7. Markie

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    There's a device for trumpet that worked well for me and others. I think its called a mouthpiece pressure regulator (or something like that). its a training device.
    I used it for a while and it helped me get in touch with how much is too much.
    Now I play much more relaxed and can tell when I'm using too much pressure and tension. Also, I'm a big believer in observational learning. watch Alison Balsom's Youtube and pay close attention to her face and the amount of stress you see on it.
     
  8. Hoghorn

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    I would have to say that if you snap the little finger ring off the lead-pipe while playing, your using a little too much pressure. If when the ring snaps off, you hit youself in the face, this is probably some extreme pressure and you should consider not quite as much ! : - )

    Jack
     
  9. trumpetnick

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    If you have some bucks burning in your pocket, this is the device that Markie is probably talking about:

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    Browsing Store - Pressure Adapter, Trumpet

    Otherwise you can give a try to the Roy Stevens' palm technique:

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  10. tedh1951

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    If there is a mouthpiece mark on the back of your neck ......... ? ;-)
     

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