Hi Janet, this one tickled me. I have moved from erasers to bottle corks. I did find the erasers crumbled, but maybe I used the wrong ones? Or maybe my bite was just too vicious? (Pretty sure they were Staedtler, but not sure about the exact type. Are you talking aobut the white ones with the blue-and-white sleeve? Best erasers I know, but maybe…[Read more]
Pleased to see Sergei Nakariakov in your list, drdahlagerdc. I’m not familiar with “Widmung”, but heard something from “No Limit” and had to rush out and get the record (as it were). Such a musical player! And he palys some of the pieces on Flugelhorn, which is probably my favourite brass instrument. Gorgeous!
As you started with a classical…[Read more]
Hung/Murray, here’s the way I look at it, for what it’s worth. On the guitar, you can change pitch in two ways: you can change the string tension by turning the pegs, or you can shorten the string by putting your finger on the fret board. The outward pull (“smile”) is more like the former, while the inward pull is more like the latter. By pulling…[Read more]
Probably too late, and maybe not what you’re after, but have a look at http://www.oxfordsinginglessons.co.uk. There’s a page there about breathing, and when I read it, it struck me that the author was using the same analytical approach as Greg, but for singing.
Hope it’s some use!
Really fascinating stuff! One of my lockdown projects was to learn to cycle “no hands” again, which I hadn’t done since being a youngsters. I wish I’d picked up my instrument straight after. I would have been in exactly the right frame of mind for learning 😉
One thing I take away from this – rightly or wrongly? – is not to try and address too…[Read more]
Thanks so much for the description, John. I think it will take a few more reads to understand what you are saying, but I certainly greatly appreciate your efforts! Your comment that “more tension is less” is interesting and certainly strikes a chord. I have noticed that I sometimes get a note with no discernible tension when the same pitch takes a…[Read more]
It occurred to me that the lips/cup thing is a bit of a red herring. The fundamental question is this: The corners of the aperture should move inwards (towards the centre) when ascening. What about the corners of the mouth? Should they move inwards as well, or should they stay the same distance apart?
Thanks so much for looking at this, John. Yes, I do mean the rim, but I mean there is relative movement between the lips and the mouthpiece in the plane of the rim. If you picture the rim of the mouthpiece as a solid disc, the lips slide across that disc. I don’t know if that makes it any clearer… I’ll have a think about how to explain this better.
Could I have a second (or third, fourth, fifth,…) opinion on something? I’ve been looking over and over at what Greg says on embouchure, but something just doesn’t add up for me. (Knowing and loving WindWorks, I’m sure it’s all there. It’s me who’s missing something. That last piece of the jigsaw has slid under the newspaper, I bet!)…[Read more]
At last a question I can answer! 😉 I use Cleartune (on Android) and really like it. You can set it to different transpositions (e.g. Bb), produce a drone at a particular pitch, or use it as a tuner. It’s very responsive and the display is laid out beautifully clearly. And it didn’t cost a lot of money either. One of my favourite apps.
I should say up-front: I’m by no means an expert, so my answer may not be accepted wisdom, but your question rings a very loud bell with me. One of my recent “discoveries” when armed with Greg’s magnifying glass may just help you, too.
I have been experimenting, watching and, frankly, pulling my hair out for some time wondering…[Read more]
I’m writing this just in case it helps someone else.
I have been going through the early lessons of the Largo Stage again. Body’s Concert Hall breath, Oooaaah – all good! But as soon as I raise my tongue to stop the air before releasing it into my (neatly folded) tissue, my throat blocks up. I tried to lower the back of my tongue; couldn’t do…[Read more]
I guess patience is just wearing a bit thin after several months of not being able to produce a half-decent note. I am once more going through the course from the very beginning and have already spotted one gem (of course, it was there all along, but I hadn’t noticed it): it’s what you say about making sure the throat does not block…[Read more]
Dear Greg and Guillaume,
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, and sorry it’s taken me so long to acknowledge them. I have actually been away for a few weeks. (I see you’ve finished the Ultimate level in the meantime, Greg; you must be thrilled!!)
I always think that being able to identify a problem clearly gets you a long way towards solving…[Read more]
Hi Guillaume and everyone else,
Thanks for mentioning Charlie Porter’s video on embouchure setting. Embouchure seems to be such a mysterious subject, I think it’s brilliant that someone has actually taken the trouble to provide a step-by-step guide. However, the video has raised a couple of big questions in my mind and I wonder whether anyone here…[Read more]
Thanks for your help, Greg! That video helps a great deal. The videos are so full of information that it can be hard to find what you’re looking for – particularly if you’re not intimately familiar with the course or have less than perfect memory. And, of course, the significance of certain points does not always register immediately, so I will…[Read more]
I hope you don’t mind my butting in here, but I wonder if you could clarify this question of aperture corners a bit more. I think I really don’t understand it.
This does seem to be a recurring question, so I wonder whether it’s possible to explaing slightly differently for those of us who still don’t really understand what they…[Read more]
Not sure there’s any way of not posting this to the entire world, but anyway… Yes, really enjoyed the big band concert on Saturday. Malvern is so full of talented people! Loved hearing the flugelhorn/Flügelhorn in action. It’s my favourite brass instrument. Well done.