I need help, please.

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by ineedhelp, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. ineedhelp

    ineedhelp New Friend

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    Hello everyone. Lately, when I play trumpet and I play a G on staff or anything higher, I feel my throat tense up. I also seem to pinch my lips alot and when I do this, it stops my air flow. Any ideas or advice on how I can stop tensing my throat or pinching my lips? I know it's a common problem, but I want to stop!! Thank you for your time.
     
  2. obeedge

    obeedge New Friend

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    You first have to learn to play correctly in the staff. I would recomend doing easy to moderate lip slurs and learn to relax. Relaxing is one of the essentials of playing trumpet. Go for a full and free sound at all times.
     
  3. kingtrumpet

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  4. Bob Grier

    Bob Grier Forte User

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    You're closing your throat. You need to get a teacher who can help you with this. This can be difficult to fix if you keep doing it.
     
  5. tptshark

    tptshark Pianissimo User

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    You could try getting together with a good teacher and doing some pedal tone work. The Pierre Thibaud method is fantastic.

    It might also be worth thinking about things a different way - try BALANCING the pressure of your embouchure, air flow, and mouthpiece rather than matching the pressures. Also, concentrate on where in the body and/or trumpet you feel the point of resistance.

    All the best,
    AK
     

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