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    playing a shake

    I hope I don't offend anyone with another question, but I've recieved such great advice in the past that I thought someone would help me out again. Here goes! I play in a big band, and often times there appears a note that has a shake sign above it. I seem to be the only one in the section who actually has to shake the horn to accomplish this. What am I doing wrong? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: playing a shake

    You are doing it right
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    Re: playing a shake

    To be honest, if you have to physically shake the horn to get this sound, it's not a big deal; lots of players that I know do. I know some players can just do lip trills really quickly, however I'm not one of them and have to do 'physical shakes' as well

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    Re: playing a shake

    How are the other players doing it then? It's called 'shake' for a reason. They're doing it wrong or maybe you're just too self-conscious and think you're shaking more.
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    Re: playing a shake

    To me, it really depends on the length of the note, but more importantly the style. Earlier styles used a quick, narrow shake that could be done with lip trills, perhaps even more cleanly than by shaking. Later styles used a slower wider shake that seems best achieved with a combination of lip slurring and physical shaking. I can do them entirely with lip, but there is a particular quality that comes from the added slight shaking movement.

    With that said, I believe that when I do shakes, the actual movement is more of a forward and backwards type of movement rather than up and down (or sideways!).
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    Re: playing a shake

    Here's a look at the way one (VERY, VERY GOOD) player approaches trills/shakes:

    [ame=]YouTube - Flexibility and Trills[/ame]

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    Re: playing a shake

    Here's how I do it....the "Old School Way"

    The shakes happen at 8:42

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    Re: playing a shake


    That was fantastic to watch! Thank you for letting us see what you do and how you do it. The way you did shakes was how I always thought they were supposed to be done. The lip trills and other things are all new to me.


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    Re: playing a shake

    I'm with Wilmer, you shake the horn.

    There is anothjer thread here on shakes.

    Check out the video of Mike Williams of the Basie band, he shakes that thing!
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    Re: playing a shake

    Thank you all once again. Your input has helped me a great deal. The videos were icing on the cake. Can't thank you all enough for making my trumpet playing so enjoyable, as well as educational.
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