Playing loud/accented notes x-(

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  1. keigoh

    keigoh Pianissimo User

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    Sometimes, when I play notes in a marching band piece that's either played loud or accented at a loud dynamic, I don't get a sound at all; I just hear the air moving.

    How can I fix this? Is this caused by too much "pushing" in the stomach muscles or something?
     
  2. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

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    I would suggest you are blowing too hard and blowing your lips apart.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    My first guess is that it isn't so much a support issue as a lip one. Loud playing requires a bigger aperture, but it can become frozen by pressure and not allow notes to speak. I would suggest practicing at home at a piano dynamic and also reducing dynamics on the field. Playing softly requires more strength than loud playing, so you can build chops, and if you can project a focused sound it will carry better than one that is spread, although the feedback to the player is lessened. Take you ears from the bell and listen to the echoes.

    Have fun, and be sure to scope out the flute players.
     
  4. keigoh

    keigoh Pianissimo User

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    Thanks!
     

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