btw, i dont mean badly, i just feel like debating right now =P
However, I think he is correct in what he teaches in his videos.
If you can train yourself to do those minimal to no pressure scales, then you will end up with very efficient chops, use very little pressure, and really lengthen the amount of time you can play without "losing your lip".
BTW, I've heard very similar exercise techniques from several other really fine players, I just happen to think Nick D. does a very good job of explaining things.
I have just started in the last month or two to spend more time trying what he suggests and am seeing steady improvement,
so, I am eager for his new practice guide to be completed:
Last edited by gzent; 01-18-2010 at 11:58 AM.
Stop acting like someone shot your dog.
Correcting that needs a correct view of the present situation, a strategy to improve what is weak (breathing, flexibility, strength, all of the above) then the patience to do the right thing.
When the player slows down, they give themselves an opportunity to catch up and balance their skills. Habits require thousands of repetitions. We can squeeze more repetitions in when we practice with lower impact, resting often.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
It helps to get the mouthpiece off of your face frequently, if possible. There's nothing that wears me out more than a page or two of solid playing (poor orchestration, if you asked me.) Back in the Chicago area, my brass quintet used to play three Xmas eve services for a local church. The leader of our group was our trombonist, and he LOVED to program certain medleys of carols that didn't give me or my wife a chance to get the horns off of our faces. The first year we did this, I ran out of steam before the end of the gig! After that, I made sure that I was really in shape before Xmas, and I never had an empty gas tank (for that gig) again!
I also recommend that one use the largest possible mouthpiece. With a big diameter, more of your lip is vibrating, and you don't have to work so hard to play loud, and at the same time, as long as the cup depth is proportional to the diameter, you'll automatically get a bigger, fatter tone. Plus, should your lip swell up anyway, it's got more room to swell before it doesn't have room to vibrate.
Rowuk's words are gospel to me on this subject!
Let us not forget that there are two kinds of endurance. One involves playing many relatively short passages for a long time; the other involves playing something that keeps the horn on the face for a considerable amount of time, like playing a Phillip Glass piece. Practicing for long periods with breaks is a great way to go, but sometimes pulling out the 'ol hymnbook and playing all seven verses back to back can be great training as well.
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
I'd say start out with the many short pieces with short breaks to start with, and as strength develops, reduce the amount of rest time. One DOESN'T want to hurt ones self, or develop bad habits such as pressing.
Endurance is truly something that develops over a long period of time, maybe years! Don't rush it, DON'T PRESS!!! Don't play so loud, if you don't have to. Learn where you can safely leave out notes. Breathe well to fully oxygenate your body. Try to be in shape in the rest of your body besides your lips!!! Did I mention DON'T PRESS!!?
If necessary, develop a good rapport with your section mates, and maybe you can trade off on sections if that helps. I married one of mine! ( you don't need THAT good a rapport, however!)
Hope some of these ideas help!
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