Since we all are teachers, whether ultimately "our own teacher", teaching others privately or teaching the youth in a school setting such as Middle School, High School or College level, I will be gearing FixYourBrass to include teachers and performers. My posts will have various "topics" (Range, for example), with information for development and maintaining these categories as well as problems that may arise. The posts may be followed by my own "comments" and as to solutions to these problems watch for follow-up posts. So please add your own comments as to create a dialogue regarding said posts as well as any "personal problems" that I can help with. Looking forward to this exchange.


Monday, June 27, 2011

#4 of "10 Things You Can Do...."

APPROACH PLACEMENT WITH THE INSTRUMENT IN THE EXACT PLAYING POSITION.All too many performers approach the instrument angle to the face with either 1) the bell lower than the playing position, then raising the head during the initial and inter-phrase inhalations, or 2) with the bell higher than the playing position angle and lowering the head simultaneously during the aforementioned inhalations.
When the attack or "blow" is initiated from EITHER inhalation angle/placement fault, the instrument (mouthpiece) literally "crashes" into the lips, not only causing injury over time or causing missed placements but many missed initial attacks - all mannerisms of these types destructive. A well know jazz artists literally destroyed a beautiful upstream embouchure by doing one of these. He is no longer with us, sad to say.

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