Low Pressure May Change Your Life 20:28 on Monday, August 29, 2005
Just in case anyone wants to know how to use the LOW PRESSURE technique here goes .... Play low G (below stave).... Listen to the pitch of this note ... Ok now buzz the low G, but just with your lips NO MOUTHPIECE ... It takes a bit of practice. When you can do this, take a deep breath play the note and slowly bring mouthpiece (trumpet attached)to your lips, and as you make contact the note suddenly junps up to low C .. At this time you will notice how lightly the mouthpiece is against your lips.If you have taken enough air, play a scale keeping the same light pressure ... You will be amazed at how high you can play with little effort !!!! As you can see your lips play a 4th below the trumpet note . Also when you play high pieces check certain notes by playing same note on just the mouthpiece , quite often the mouthpiece note will pitch higher TOO MUCH PRESSURE .There you go no need for anymore expensive lessons .... No , only joking , but it does work...
Tips for building chops 16:12 on Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Here is a technique used by professionals.(Also, by Maynard Ferguson)
Take a pencil, And make your lips into the position you do while playing. PLace the pencil led into the mouth, but, make it so the lips are the only thing it touches. So the lips will be hilding the pencil straight out, do this for roughly 4-6 minuets, your face, will be damn sore :D
But, this builds chops fast. This Will enable you to play much longer.
Now. i have a ?
I play Higher, with NO lubrication on the lips, I.E. i wipe my lips inside, and outside, completly dry, is this a problem ?
Who is the best? 10:14 on Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Great listings on this thread. If you haven`t listened to Bix Beiderbecke, you really don`t know what can be done with a cornet/trumpet. Had he lived longer who knows what direction jazz music might have gone. Amazing technique and feel for the music...range isn`t everything.
In brass band music a few German names are very impressive...Walter Scholz, Franz Brummerl, and Freek Mestrini. What technique!!
Again, "the best" depends on the style of music. Don`t sell Dizzy G. short in his day and Rex Stewart, Cootie Williams, and Cat Anderson combined into a fine horn section for Ellington.
No doubt the classical world looks to Adolf Hersfeld of Chicago Symphany fame.
Bottom line...practice, practice, practice and listen to a variety of styles.
Some Wynton Marsalis CDs I like are Magic Hour, Standard Time Volume 1, Big Train, and Black Codes (From the Underground). All very good cds. Big Train is a cool CD too because the whole CD is like a train, like leaving the station and stuff.