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Re: brass help
Posted by small school on 10/4/2019, 10:14 am, in reply to "Re: brass help
I always start brass with the letter 'm' for embouchure formation. Air is blown straight forward like blowing through a straw.
For lower pitches slower/hot air and higher pitches fast/cold air. Also think 'tee' which will raise the back of the tongue and help speed up the air. 'Toe' will lower the tongue and open up to slower air.
When students are first learning to buzz there won't be much change.
I love starting class with rhythm bee then we will buzz whole notes high and low for different pitches. Then we will tongue half notes or quarter notes while buzzing low or high or alternating. Then we do eighths and sometimes sixteenths just to see who can move their tongue that fast. Then I'll do sirens by starting on that high note thinking 'tee' and then relaxing and dropping the pitch and thinking 'toe'. Hold the high note for a half note then drop it down. Then try it the other way low to high. Then eventually once they get some flexibility and understand how to make things change they can really start matching buzzing pitches easier.
What is the best way to teach the sirens to them. I tried to demonstrate a siren, but the students keep playing a straight buzz with no changes in pitch. I try to tell them fast air for higher notes, and slower air for lower notes. Is there maybe another trick you have that works?
I have all of my beginners work mouthpiece sirens a BUNCH in the early stages. If I have a kid who can't hit one of the notes on their horn, I have them take their mp off, do a couple sirens to get a feel for the change in the lips, then put the instrument back together. Most times, it works and they get the picture; in a select few cases, not so much. Hope this helps, and good luck!