post horn solo

Discussion in 'Orchestra / Solo / Chamber Music' started by Tarter_trpt8, May 1, 2005.

  1. Tarter_trpt8

    Tarter_trpt8 Pianissimo User

    Jan 17, 2005
    St. Paul, MN
    Hey Manny,

    How would you go about practicing a solo like this one that is so physically taxing. I know you don't have a lot of struggles in this area of playing (endurance) but if you did, how would you tell a player to practice this as to not tire themeselves out?


  2. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

    Sep 29, 2004
    This solo shouldn't be any more tiring than an etude like Charlier #2. If there's an issue with endurance, it has to do with tension, pure and simple. The lips can't deal with it. The muscles on the outside of the embouchure are for stability. When the lips themselves are pursed and working hard, it kills your endurance. It's about firm corners but flexible lips. Tighten the abs, tighten the lips. Tighten the lips, kill the endurance.

    Practice playing lightly trying to create a buoyant sound that is vibrant and "spinning". Lots of wind, lots of "tooh", lots of freedom.


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