Tightness

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  1. dylan1

    dylan1 Pianissimo User

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    I feel like I tighten up and closing my throat when I extend into the upper register. Does anyone have any tips on loosening up?
     
  2. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    Don't do it.
     
  3. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    Better yet:

    Stop it...

    Ok somebody will then post the Bob Newheart Video Link
     
  4. Bay Area Brass

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    Practicing softer will help-spend some time with Clarks Technical Studies, played pp. Same with Colin Flexibility Exercises-the common mistake we often make practicing stuff like that is to power thru with brute force. As a rule it's best not to play more than 80% your maximum volume. Learning to access the upper register with air speed achieved with faster air (aperture and tongue level) instead of overpowering the horn is a very important skill to develop :)
     
  5. vern

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    I've heard a well know pedagogue suggest this: 1) Play the passage as written and then play an octave (or two) lower several times. 2)Play the passage again as written trying to obtain the feel you had in the lower register. 3) Repeat many times. :roll:
     
  6. tobylou8

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  7. cfkid

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    I've had this issue for quite a while. What has helped me is learning to use my tongue to control pitch (Claude Gordon's method). While that does take time it has really helped. As for exercises, I've found that Irons really helps as I believe the root of my problem was really flexibility. For me the lack of flexibility lead to straining to get higher notes.

    I'm still very much a work in progress, but it's getting better. PM me if you'd like more information.

    Mark
     
  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    The problem is, we learn to play tight to compensate for other evils. If we relax, we play extremely flat in the upper register and have tone without "core".

    The solution is not to put a bandaid on the tightness, rather to address the real issues of breathing, body use and sound concept. You have to get a real routine, you have to play the routine daily, you have to take a break from other playing activities that force you to "perforn" regardless of what is good for you.

    Optimally, you will have someone to monitor your activity until new habits are built!
     
  9. kingtrumpet

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    or rather --practicing good fundamentals will allow you to alleviate or eradicate this "feeling" and this "symptom" ---- but (IMHO) it takes time, to learn how to relax, and to have the necessary skills to put it into practice
     
  10. tobylou8

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    Relax and breeeeeath (exhale) through the horn.
     

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