So I want to start taking lessons again after taking a break but I can't until I get a job. That might be a while now since a lot of college kids are back in town and have taken a bunch of jobs. I just graduated high school and am not going to college this coming year, but I want to continue playing and I figured now is a great time to sort out some problems I have playing.
My main problem is tension in my neck and sometimes embochure. Whenever I notice I'm using pressure I use one hand for a bit to help a little. One of the brass guys in drum corps told me instead of thinking 'breathe dah' to think 'bra dah' because when you think 'breathe' your tongue raises and can get in the way or something like that. I've tried using these syllables when I play and I think it helps, but I still have tension in my neck. He also says when I notice tension I need to breathe more. I always have tension in my neck though, what can I visualize to help minimize that on my own since I can't get a private teacher just yet?