Using pressure to improve tone.

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SmoothOperator, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. JediYoda

    JediYoda Mezzo Piano User

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  2. kingtrumpet

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    I think it gets easier the more time we practice -- like the pros -- they use some pressure, but don't seem to move their lips. As a comebacker, 25th month now -- I can see the "Pressure" is less for upper range than it was 12 months ago, and my sound is better. But it takes time - breath control, air support, strengthened lips and face muscle -- it's a whole combination of things -- In my opinion -- that lessen pressure and make it easier to produce good sound.
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Pros are all over the place in how they play. There is no universal acceptance that low pressure works everywhere. There is universal acceptance that years of a solid routine builds everything that is "necessary".

    If you don't get it, you don't need it - and the people around you don't want you to have it.
     
  4. SmoothOperator

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    I guess I am worrying about two things with pressure.

    A) Causing my blood pressure to raise.

    B) Getting a dent in my lip.

    The former is definitely the most important, I don't want a stroke. The second is mostly aesthetic. When I play I don't feel that the first is being affected, and if I pucker then the for a little while the second is OK.
     

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