Hi All, it has been a brilliant year and thanks to those who have supported the website.
I have been a hermit "hitting the books" in regards to Trumpet Physics and as a couple of you would know I have discovered some pretty crazy things. I will be sharing that in a more formal way next year since time has freed up!
After seeing many of the post about aperture/embouchure, sound and breathing, I leave you with this to ponder... Sound = Flow + Tension
OMG did he just say TENSION??? AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH
Haha, I didn't say force or strain! Drum skins and guitar strings have TENSION!
The perfect resonant sound (if there is such a thing) is the correct balance between flow of air (energy) and tension (of the lips or the oscillator) Disclaimer there are millions of processes at work when we play a note, more than we can control. I include in FLOW the correct amount of resonance being emitted from the "body instrument" (Another one for next year)
So...How to find FLOW? Sing people SING and aim to resonate like Pavarotti. This is something you can work on away from the instrument! Close your eyes and feel the free flow of air flowing over the vocal cords. Relax your jaw, shoulders, neck, throat and chest and just aim to resonate more than last time.You will find that the best sound is the easiest sound!
Sing AAAAH OOOOH in a BIG voice and then disengage the vocal cords and feel the air rush out, effortlessly from the body. Support until you are empty. That is the feeling of freedom you want when playing. The lips play the role of the vocal cords and the bell becomes your mouth.
Issues arise when we compensate by blowing harder when getting higher to compensate for the fact that the tension is wrong (aperture corners). Crazy really when you consider that there is actually less air going through the instrument the higher you get?!
I had an AMAZING experience yesterday! A new/comeback player (and an extraordinary sax player) picked up a trumpet recently and played some notes. He said if felt SO EASY...TOO EASY so he thought, I must be doing it wrong so proceeded to buy some books to find out to REALLY play. What a bazaar reaction...
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All the best for the New Year!