• eric replied to the topic Muscle Tension Dysphonia in the forum WindWorks 3 years, 2 months ago

    Thank you, John

  • eric replied to the topic Muscle Tension Dysphonia in the forum WindWorks 3 years, 2 months ago

    Thank you all for the encouragement. I truly believe in the WindWorks method, and I know that what I am trying to achieve with WindWorks is possible. I’m still uncertain how to approach a true embouchure rather than a pedal MmmAhhOoo shape, i.e. how to make the transition to the real instrument. If anyone has links to photos or videos…[Read more]

  • eric replied to the topic Muscle Tension Dysphonia in the forum WindWorks 3 years, 2 months ago

    Okay, here’s an update. It has been more than 18 months. I have been through physical therapy, speech therapy, and I even did some Alexander technique lessons. I learned that I was living in the end of expiration and never inhaling a full breath. Therefore I was constantly compressing the ribs and body just even to speak. It took significant…[Read more]

  • Thank you, andykyle, for posting here. Your post reminded me of this posted conversation, and I read it again. I also watched the aperture corner development video again. When I repeated the exercises just now with two fingers and then with a single finger between the teeth, I notice some pressure on the fingers from the center of each lip,…[Read more]

  • Thank you for a very educational post, tandeitnik. Do you have any comments about the physics of resonance, the body’s concert hall, etc? What happens when the neck/throat, tongue/mouth, chest wall, and other muscles engage with too much tension? Eric

  • Thanks for posting the video. His sound is amazing, and I agree that he looks relaxed.

    However, as the pitch increases so does his volume suggesting more support than passive release and perhaps a more synthetic oscillation. Although these exercises may be a future goal when the Windworks concepts are solidified, for those of us enrolled in a…[Read more]

  • eric replied to the topic Practice routine in the forum WindWorks 4 years, 6 months ago

    I am an amateur comeback player still in the Largo status stage, and music is not my first career. I do the WindWorks exercises every day as my warm-up. I begin with the visualizer and tissue and then progress to the mouthpiece and leadpipe. I spend a few minutes on a stand alone leadpipe, and then I play my trumpet leadpipe by removing the…[Read more]

  • I’m sorry to hear this is an issue, Stan. It has been a while, but it has happened to me several times. I have bitten the lips and the cheeks. I realized that it is most likely to happen to me when eating in a hurry and/or eating while distracted. Chewing gum has caused it before as well especially while talking with gum in my mouth. I…[Read more]

  • I have a bit of a long story, but hopefully it can help another. There are videos and posts about dystonia, but I want to introduce a new term called dysphonia, specifically muscle tension dysphonia. Some definitions first:
    – Dystonia – a movement disorder caused by intermittent or sustained muscle contractions which lead to abnormal and r…[Read more]

  • Some of the recent and best forum threads have many comments. Would you and others find it more helpful to have each thread listed in reverse chronological order to prevent the need for scrolling to the bottom each time?

  • eric replied to the topic Proper Pressure in the forum WindWorks 4 years, 10 months ago

    I’m not a FH player, but I think too little pressure mouthpiece to lip would result in a weak, airy sound with air leakage around the lips. If you do not have this sound and have a strong, resonant sound, enjoy the feeling of freedom I am working toward.

  • This sounds like a tighter system was leading to sharper notes that have now flattened with relaxation by working through the course. I interpret this to be good news.

  • eric replied to the topic Bookmark for lessons in the forum WindWorks 4 years, 10 months ago

    The green boxes work well for the first go ’round. I like to return to old sections such as some favorite videos in the Largo series which I am watching again now for the >10th time. Having a bookmark for old favorites or a bookmark for a subsequent round through the course would be a nice addition if it is an option.

  • eric replied to the topic Air behind the lips in the forum WindWorks 4 years, 11 months ago

    Thank you for the reply, Francis. Deconditioning bad habits is remarkably tough work!

  • eric started the topic Air behind the lips in the forum WindWorks 4 years, 11 months ago

    I feel like I have been making tremendous progress just sticking with the basics in the Largo stage. I keep watching the videos, and I seem to notice things missed previously. My range is still low, but the sound is so much better.

    What I am noticing is the feeling that the lips are vibrating more freely. However, I also feel small volumes of…[Read more]

  • eric replied to the topic Is it active to play ppp? in the forum WindWorks 5 years, 1 month ago

    I just watched this video, and I saw increased tension in some of the exercises. There is a red face, flared neck, and just the overall appearance of tension. It is worse with the louder notes. Is this just a reflection of tight corners and support? This is how I feel when playing much lower notes 🙂

  • eric replied to the topic Ahhh hah! in the forum WindWorks 5 years, 1 month ago

    Thanks for this post, wild_flower32. I recently discovered that I was also closing my jaw significantly, and I think it is related to my pronunciation. This is an international website, and others may have this same issue based on your language and accent.

    When I sang “mmm… ahh… ooh,” I was pronouncing the “ooh” with a sound like the…[Read more]

  • In the lead pipe-shape revisited video, there is another video referenced called “synthetic or sympathetic.“ Where can this video or audio be found? Is it under a different name? Also, in the same lead pipe-shape video there is mention of a Midwest clinic lecture called “dispelling brass playing myths.“ Is this material also available?

  • eric replied to the topic Active sound in the forum WindWorks 5 years, 3 months ago

    Thanks, rwcarson11, for the reply. The article was helpful.

    If you have ever seen an asthma or emphysema attack, you know that these accessory muscles work on exhalation. I do not know if the chest tightness I feel with the active exercises is related to intercostal contraction or something else, but it is real.

    The key is the question about…[Read more]

  • eric started the topic Active sound in the forum WindWorks 5 years, 3 months ago

    Thanks again, Greg, for such a great course. I am having tremendous improvement over time. I have a question for you and the forum.

    I do notice tightening that happens when playing active notes in the singing C series. For example, on the active steps where crescendo or maintenance of volume is required, I feel tightening in the neck and…[Read more]

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