G’Day, Greg Spence here.
Along with pinching the lips down Vertically, overblowing/forcing/kicking the air from the abdominal muscles is the main culprit to playing problems, technical limitations and inefficiency.
When you discover and then experience what is actually possible with far less effort, you will begin to notice stunning development in your playing.
Go With The FLOW, RELEASE, Don’t BLOW!
Tired and swollen lips, throaticulation (a click in the throat when playing), and endurance issues are symptoms of playing the old way.
These problems fall away when you discover that articulation is simply a release of energy.
PU is the action of opening the lips with a P sound, as in the word “pepper.” Be aware of the body and make sure there is no abdominal kick
• Place the tip of the tongue between your teeth and lips; this is creating an aperture (OPENING).
• Withdraw the tongue and release PASSIVE compression between the lips. Remember, don’t kick the air and be sure the jaw stays still
Place the back of the tongue on the roof of your mouth and the tip of the tongue behind your bottom teeth. Lower the tongue away from the roof of the mouth to produce a KU sound
The KMT attack makes a TU sound as the middle of the tongue drops away from the middle of the mouth. Notice that the tip of the tongue stays low behind the lower teeth, as in saying the letter ”K,” hence the name “K Modified Tonguing.”
For the TU attack, the tip of tongue starts on the roof of the mouth and then drops to the bottom of the mouth. When air is released from behind the tip of the tongue the “TU” sound is created.
ELEMENT 5 – THE 5 WAYS
The role of the tongue is multifaceted and articulation is at the top of the list. The tongue is used as the mechanism to RELEASE either PASSIVE or ACTIVE energy. Learning to recognise the motion of the tongue will increase endurance by helping eliminate overblowing when playing.
BENEFITS OF A PASSIVE RELEASE
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