How do you empty your mind when......

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Sethoflagos, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. BigDub

    BigDub Fortissimo User

    Dec 19, 2009
    Hillsborough, NJ
    Nice idea there. I believe I do a lot of that type of thing without even knowing I'm doing it right away, and other forms of flexing certain muscles, not in my tongue or mouth, and going up and down the scale while doing a form of isometrics. Hard to really explain, but it had become so habit forming I almost started hating that I did it so much!
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Relaxation is key, especially when tonguing. I got a nice review in Germany playing the Christmas Oratorio, being described as "the outstanding trumpeter who effortlessly played the fast passages." The key is to let the tongue "melt in our mouths," and the result is plenty crisp. When first working on tonguing (or anything else worth practicing) it is going to sound bad at first. We, in my opinion, need to practice things that sound bad (and are usually the least fun to practice) with a clear concept of what we want it to sound like and allow it to sound bad while our bodies figure out how to play.

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