Off horn exercises

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  1. spevan

    spevan New Friend

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    Hi,

    I'm just wondering what are your experiences with off horn exercises? It happens a lot to me that I have days that I can't practice, but there is some spare time when I can't really access the horn.
    I have read something but there are a lot of opinions on the net. I am not searching for an ultimate thing that would same to practicing on a horn, but something is better than nothing, right.

    What do you suggest?
    - free buzzing
    - pencil exercise
    - ...
    Can it be overdone or likely to ruin my embochure as some have written?

    What pattern should I use?

    Thank you...
    M.
     
  2. Bach219

    Bach219 Mezzo Piano User

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    OH
  3. spevan

    spevan New Friend

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    this is perfect...

    thank you!
     
  4. Bflatman

    Bflatman Forte User

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    Hi,

    I use the pencil exercise and lip buzzing, both of which are excellent. I also use mouthpiece buzzing, I wrap a tissue around the end of the bore to mute it, and I can play very quietly into the mp with this setup. I recommend it as it helps me build my embouchre and my technique while still playing "off horn".
     
  5. lovevixen555

    lovevixen555 Banned

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    I keep an old mouthpiece in all my vechiles so that I can buzz when I can not get home to practice of have family obligations. It is easy to slip away and buzz for a fe minutes with out anyone knowing but it is hard to disguise a trumpet and then sneak away to a place no one will see or hear you playing.
     
  6. Jerry Freedman

    Jerry Freedman Piano User

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    while listening to music, you can do off horn exercises
     
  7. et_mike

    et_mike Mezzo Forte User

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    Much harder done than said... there is much more to listening than hearing notes... :-? when you figure that out music takes on a whole new meaning... good advice Schwab.... :thumbsup:
     
  8. Jerry Freedman

    Jerry Freedman Piano User

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    Well, I have no problems transcribing a solo with an extra pencil in my mouth doing the pencil exercise or Leon Merians pucker stuff but different strokes for different folks
     
  9. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    As long as you do not count the off horn stuff as "serious practice time", I guess there is no harm.

    My off horn/mouthpiece stuff is only when I am in the car and the windshield needs cleaning.........................

    Any time that I can get ON the horn at home is FAR more desirable!!!
     

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