It was like that for me, but I found I’d not concentrated enough on the very first exercises and was trying to work through the course too quickly.
I’m not saying that the same applies to you.
I just wanted to share my experience with you because since going back to the start and really focusing more on getting the very basics as right as I could,…[Read more]
Does anyone have any thoughts about practicing with a mute, especially for beginners.
I would much rather not use one. But holed up in a small flat makes it impossible.
I sometimes try and play as quietly as possible without it.
Is this helpful to general development or detrimental?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Just had a coffee moment!
I had gone back to the beginning again and have probably got up to about 100 or more repititions of the tissue exercise.
Was really making it fly with no exertion in the body, just releasing with the tongue until that felt more natural than pushing the air out.
Anyway, worked on the visualiser, getting it set right. Then…[Read more]
I’ve actually been trying the idea of letting the air flow before engaging the aperture corners which has helped.
Also I followed Greg’s advice and went back over the tissue exercise and found my air was stronger slightly right of center. That’s improved the tone and made slurring easier.
Anyway, thanks again for all your help. I…[Read more]
Wow! Can’t believe the response I’ve had. Thank you all so much for your support and advice.
When you say lead with the air, does that mean you are changing the air flow in some way?
I’ve already found I was getting a slight choking in my throat when I was slurring up, which I’m working on relaxing with positive results.
I’m only a beginner who’s been playing for about 6 months. I started the course a month ago and have since lost an octave off my range. Where I was getting a G at the top of the staff before, I now can’t get above the G an octave lower. Although I can get lower more comfortably.
Also I’m stuck on the singing C C sharp third exercise.