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    I was just playing a Bb Concert scale two octaves this evening, and I realized that my abs were doing a whole lot of work. I knew that the diaphram was a big part of the mix but this surprised. All my core muscles tightened up as I got higher. I was not straining at all for any notes and I was using (what sounded to me) an excellent tone, so I wasn't pushing myself note-wise. Is this alright?
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    Pianissimo User TisEkard's Avatar
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    Re: abs

    Hey man, if it makes you sound great, it's right. There is no right or wrong way to do it. You are the best judge for you.
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    Re: abs

    There is no way we can know if your abs tension ultimately help or hurt. Only a local trumpet or Yoga teacher can tell you that.

    I can say that if I notice something about MY body when playing, it is too much of whatever!
    Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

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    Forte User Al Innella's Avatar
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    Re: abs

    When I play in the upper register I use my abs more than when I play in the staff or lower, I also use them more when playing at louder volumes, in the old days they used to call this using your diaphragm , now we know the diaphragm expands to let air in but its the abs that push's the air out.

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