pencil method??

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by courtois.evoII, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. courtois.evoII

    courtois.evoII New Friend

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    Hi, Can't someone explain me what it is?:dontknow::dontknow:
     
  2. johnMak

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  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a convenient way of strengthening muscles without practicing. If not used sensibly, you will kave killer strength, but sound like crap and have no endurance. When used with a good daily routine it can increase endurance. Some players talk about more range, but I don't believe it. That only comes from REAL practice and not brute face muscle strength.

    Heck, placebos can cure all sorts of stuff so thet's start a rumor that it adds an octave of range inside of 4 weeks IF you have a pencil that is PERFECTLY MATCHED to your needs.
     
  4. courtois.evoII

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    thanks John
     
  5. gbdeamer

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    I think rowuk is spot-on. I use "the pencil" a couple of times during the day while I'm at the office. I think the benefit is 90% mental and 10% physical. There is certianly a physical benefit from using my muscles to hold the pencil, but during those 10 minutes I'm thinking about what i should be doing with my embochure while I'm playing, breath control, etc, etc. It helps me mentally focus for the precious few minutes of practice I get on the horn each day...
     
  6. frankmike

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    speaking of placeabo effect,
    I always eat lot of meat like bacon or steak (bloody) and a glass or red wine one hour before I play, but without bread and other carbohydrates.
    Than I drink a bit of coffe few minutes before I play. Meat keeps me fed, but it doesnt fill my stomach like carbohydrates would, so infact I am fed but
    my diaphragma is still free. And wine relaxes me and opens my mind. And coffe just before the play wakes me up.
    I always play much better when I follow that eating/drinking pattern. I do not know is it placebo but it helps
     
  7. Bach219

    Bach219 Mezzo Piano User

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    OH
    You mean to tell me that you hold can hold a pencil w/ your lips for 10 mins?!?
     
  8. Sparks

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    hmm, more on the pencil exercise thing. I've been using this for years, and find it helps build long term muscle fibers for endurance. It's helped me, and I recommended it to a starting trumpet player looking for endurance help. Basically, I said doing it 15sec or so or until the embochure muscles start to feel a little lactic might help. Is there any harm for a starting trumpeter to do this?
     
  9. oohhh yeah

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    That sounds easy. I never tried it before but I bet I could hold a pencil for 20 mins:cool:
     
  10. roryhislop

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    You wish it was easy. So do I actually.
     

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