whisper technique

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  1. tjcombo

    tjcombo Forte User

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    There is a nice video by Nick Drozdoff Nick Drozdoff: Online Lessons. The suggested techniques for practising sotto voce long tones worked for me - not just the all-round-goodness of playing long soft tones, but also in developing the ability to play softer and softer until there is more air than tone coming through (a work still in progress).

    tj
     
  2. mattiasc

    mattiasc Piano User

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    Shame he only made two video's.

    grz.
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Whisper tones, or ghost tones, are a great way to develop efficiency, focus, control and strength in a very low-impact way. When we play high our aperture is small, when we play ghost tones our aperture is small. In effect, we are playing notes, real notes that are so soft that they don't really escape the bell. A good way to introduce ourselves to ghost tones is through a controlled diminuendo down to nothing with long tones, then repeating and stopping just short of nothing. To jump into a Clarke study is really, really difficult. I believe part of our "higher, faster, louder" mythos is the result of wimpiness and laziness on the part of trumpet players.
     
  4. AKtrumpet

    AKtrumpet Piano User

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    Absolutely!
     
  5. Joe44

    Joe44 Pianissimo User

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    Ouch. You beat me to my thread. I posted it a day to late. :thumbdown:
     
  6. Pedrotrumpeter

    Pedrotrumpeter New Friend

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    repeat and repeat with breaks, that's what you mean by stopping?
     
  7. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    It is holding the note just this side of silence.
     

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