stomach relaxation while playing

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  1. Tarter_trpt8

    Tarter_trpt8 Pianissimo User

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    Hey Manny,

    During the masterclass you talked with me about the way the stomach should expand like a barrel and when you play your stomach should move in like an hour glass...I understand the barrel on the inhale side of it but since we didn't have an extensive amount of time, I am lost right about now with how that actually works. Like you noticed, my stomach naturally hardens because of certain issues. Now my question is, do we as trumpet players have to manually move our stomachs inward into the hourglass position or SHOULD it automatically move in while playing? Is this an absolute relaxation issue or partially manual as well?

    Thanks for your future advice!

    Jeremy
     
  2. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    Jeremy,

    At first, as one learns this technique, there is conscious thought about tucking the belly inward to support the wind just as there is conscious thought about releasing the tension in the belly so that it and the chest can expand elastically.

    With consistent practice it becomes second nature but it takes a long time for the first-timer to get it down. Much of the practice can and maybe should be done away from the horn like while you're sitting at the computer terminal.

    I don't understand your last question. Sorry.

    ML
     
  3. Tarter_trpt8

    Tarter_trpt8 Pianissimo User

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    The last question you answered fine. What I meant to ask was whether or not the stomach should move in automatically because of playing so relaxed or do I have to move it in manually, but you got to it so thanks

    JT
     
  4. Manny Laureano

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    Okay, I have it now... let's be clear. The body does this hundreds of times a day when you aren't playing trumpet but it's not working against the resistance of a mouthpiece, either. So we have to do an exaggerated version of the natural thing in order to do something un-natural: playing trumpet.

    ML
     
  5. Fusion2002

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    I've been watching this thread and tried it yesterday while practicing. I noticed that I have a tendancy to pull my stomach in while taking air in, and pushing it out while exhaling.... Which makes no sense now that I think about it.... I like this relaxed approch to breathing, but I think its going to be hard getting rid of the old habbit. :-(
     
  6. Manny Laureano

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    Tom,

    So how in the flamin' hootie-hoo did you develop that pattern of breathing?

    ML
     
  7. eisprl

    eisprl Mezzo Piano User

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    can sombody explain to me the "hour glass" ?

    Thanks
    Eric :dontknow:
     
  8. Fusion2002

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    Well... I'm not sure... Everyone always said take a big breath.... I started sucking in lots of air... just didnt realize the stomach was going in as well....
     
  9. Manny Laureano

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    Eric,

    That's just my way of making a mental exaggeration of the way the body looks when it exhales quickly and completely. Nothing more.

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  10. eisprl

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    Should you imagine the narrow part being your front and back? or side to side?

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