the pencil exercise

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by francom, Nov 18, 2006.

  1. francom

    francom New Friend

    Nov 15, 2006
    can someone can get a link whith a picture that explain how to do the pencil exercise??
  2. Jon Kratzer

    Jon Kratzer Pianissimo User

    Nov 27, 2003
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Don't waste your time, practise.
  3. Majestic

    Majestic Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    Well, if Dr. Donald S. Reinhardt in his Pivot System advocates the pencil exercise, I would not discount it off the cuff nor off the lip.

    The Pencil Trick Routine
    The Pencil Trick Routine has been recommended by many brass teachers since Reinhardt first wrote of it in 1942. Using a standard, unsharpened wooden pencil, form your embouchure as if to buzz while saturated with saliva. Place the tip of either end of the pencil just between your compressed lips at the point of where your embouchure aperture forms during normal playing, never between your teeth. Using the compression of the lips alone, hold the pencil straight out for as long as possible without strain, usually only a few seconds at first. Gradually extend the amount of time you can hold the pencil straight out before dropping. Similar to the Jaw Retention Drill, following this exercise you should drop your jaw, open your mouth, and exhale forcefully to relax.

    [Watch out for the lactic acid build up]:-o

    You might want to ask the following people for a picture. Here are there web sites and explanation on what to do with the pencil exercise:

    Maybe you could ask some on the TH trumpet forum for a picture on this:


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