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Re: beginning low brass class
Make sure they're firm in the center and blowing through the center of the mouthpiece, not just loose all the way around. The lower they play, the more they aim the air to the center. Aim air toward the bottom of the mouthpiece to play higher. Yes, this changes the angle of the lip somewhat at times.
Make sure their corners are still firm as well - too forward or bunched will cause the sound to go flat.
Finally, make sure they're using adequate air support. Sometimes it's easier to back off the air to make notes go lower, and that's not helpful for making a consistent quality tone.
I have a beginning low brass with euphoniums and tubas - - trombones are in a different class.
Everything is going well except their low Bb is VERY flat. Everything else is fine. We are doing long tones (1B in FfSP). Nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance.