I can do technique exercises... But I cannot play music.

I can do technique exercises... But I cannot play music.

    
I can do technique exercises... But I cannot play music.    15:28 on Monday, October 23, 2017          

Colombo
(51 points)
Posted by Colombo

Looking for some advice.

My playing technique has improved enormously recently. I've been doing all sorts of exercises to practice flexibility, fingering, register, articulations... I still find some trouble reaching beyond high A, but I'm improving on that, too.

The problem is that after studying technique seriously for a couple of years, I'm sort of unable to transfer all that to playing works. I play reasonably well in the bands I play in, but at the moment I try to play a sonata, a concerto or whatever, all I know doesn't show at all. My good technique isn't that obvious, and, what worries me more, the sound gets thinner, more strained. To give just one example, if I try to play the beginning of the second movement of Mozart's first concerto (not a too complicated work), which can be played as if it were a flexibility exercise (all the first notes being in the chord of A), of the same type I've played gazillions of times, I cannot even approach the warm, beautiful tone I get when I'm actually doing flexibility exercises. Just the name "Mozart" at the top of the page makes it. It's not a problem with musicality, phrasing or whatever: as a first approach, I'd be content with finding again my good sound.

How can I overcome this and get used to playing real music as opposed to technique?


Re: I can do technique exercises... But I cannot play music.    08:00 on Friday, November 10, 2017          

Jlew35
(1 point)
Posted by Jlew35

Have you tried different mouthpieces? My father was a professional horn player and that man had a box of mouthpieces that must have contained at least 20 mouthpieces for various types of music.


   




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