Re: Beginner Brass
Posted by Keith Dye on 9/12/2018, 5:54 am, in reply to "Beginner Brass"
Make sure when they aren't forming a trumpet embouchure in terms of the space between their teeth. If you don't monitor it individually very closely they almost always start closing down to conserve their air. Even an 1/8 of an inch makes a huge difference in the resulting tone quality.
Beginner trumpets - amazing air support and full sounds
Tuba and Baritone - fairly good support and full sound
Trombones - sound like a bunch of beat up little kids scared to go outside because of a bully.
I do breathing exercises at the start of every class. In 4, Out 4 - In 4 Out 2 - In 4 Out 1 - In 1 Out 4 - In 1 Out 2 - In 1 Out 1.
I explain how you should be relaxed and open with the 'O' syllable to breathe in, where you shouldn't really hear the breathing in. Air should go all the way down to the bottom of the stomach and push with your diaphragm to get the air out.
I focus on playing back and forth with me on the same instrument demonstrating good tone and air support.
How do I get my trombones to blow air and get a bigger sound? I noticed a couple of them have really thin sounds but are matching pitch. My guess is they are thinning out their lips by pulling them tight, instead of firming the lower front of their embouchure to keep the lip full. After I preach fast, fast, fast air. Most of them hit the pitch. I have a couple that struggle with consistency.
What would you recommend to help me help them?