Hello again all,
Thank you so much for the very kind and useful suggestions:
Also, not sure if good manners to ask another question, but both my boys - including the one who's been learning for a year - go bright red in the face (and I mean beetroot) and bug-eyed when playing. The actual notes and tune are ok (i was quite pleasantly surprised for beginners!) but I am worried that they'll look quite comical when it comes to the music concert at the end of year and I don't want the other kids ignoring the music (which is good) and laughing at the contortions (which are, to be honest, quite funny... bless 'em)
- I'm going to look at his 'fingering' based on the suggestions mentioned in your replies.
- I may also approach the school about trying him on the cornet (musn't confuse this with the tuba for him - imagine! ). Only issue is he just wants to be like his brother (who's a year older but physically much taller) - and play the same instrument: i.e. trumpet. Also, I did have visions of them being a double-act and making my fortune....ahem....(joke!)
I've tried telling them that they don't need to use their whole face - the air comes from their lungs and through their lips - but they just seem to want to throw their whole heads and every muscle they've got into the playing. Again, any suggesstions or is this something they'll grow out of?
Sorry to bombard you - last one I promise!