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    Dirty notes

    I haven't noticed this much before, but lately, as I work softly into the upper register, my notes sound dirty. Like I have a stray slobber or something. I have to work and adjust to get a clear sound. If I add air and play loud, forte and up, it is clear.

    If I play soft, it gets dirty or kind of buzzy. I can clear it up with work. Any tips or is this just a stupid question and I should just work on it. I hope its not the start of a problem.

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    Re: Dirty notes

    Same thing happens to me. It's usually when I'm not concentrating hard on the sound I'm making.

    Like you if I work at it I can clean it up. If it sounds bad I just stop and try again until it sounds good again and, surprisingly, if I focus hard I can get the sound back relatively easily.

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    Re: Dirty notes

    Miyot,
    it is not the start of a problem, it is just an artifact of "high tension" playing. 2 suggestions: 1) warm down after a heavy duty practice sessions - soft long low tones to get relaxed (you can do this with the mouthpiece in the car on the way home) and 2) add a bit more very soft practice time to your routine

    I am not a big advocate of extended warm up or down, but when I have a heavy playing schedule, I beat myself up sometimes and a little tender loving care seems to do the trick every time!
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    Re: Dirty notes

    Thanks, I'll work on it and try some more soft practice.

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    Re: Dirty notes

    Quote Originally Posted by rowuk View Post
    Miyot,
    it is not the start of a problem, it is just an artifact of "high tension" playing. 2 suggestions: 1) warm down after a heavy duty practice sessions - soft long low tones to get relaxed (you can do this with the mouthpiece in the car on the way home) and 2) add a bit more very soft practice time to your routine

    I am not a big advocate of extended warm up or down, but when I have a heavy playing schedule, I beat myself up sometimes and a little tender loving care seems to do the trick every time!

    Woot, me and Rowuk agree for once haha. When you play soft, your use a small appeture. Its tight and very controled. When you play high, you use a small appeture. Its tight and very controled. They correspond. (Low notes meaning G in the staff to an octave below, maybe even middle C to Low G.

    Play very very soft, on the verge of dropping out of your sound and play long tones like that. Nick Has a very good example of what to practice on his site. (NickDrozdoff.com) Check them out and let us know what happens in about a month
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    Re: Dirty notes

    Sometimes we'll get this sound if there is too much top-to-bottom pressure on the lips. Sometimes just dropping the jaw a hair will make the problem go away. Good luck!
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    Re: Dirty notes

    Another reason can be an improper or insufficient warm up. Some easy mid range scales, arpegios, and lip slurs until fully warmed up will help.


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