Working through the exercises I came to equate kicking with engagement of the diaphragm other than what is required to sound low C at double Forte. 🙄😒😕
As a result I was a bit flummoxed by the lesson note when I tackled this exercise . ( 🤔For whatever thinking out loud might be worth.)
D (concert C)- tongued octaves
” keep air supported the whole time # slingshot. Release and change shape without kicking the high note “.
On the sound track The low note and high note are played at the same volume.
In order to accomplish that you have to force more air through a smaller apeture and in order to do that you have to engage the diaphragm in order to increase the air pressure required to sound the higher note at the same Volume as the lower note.
“Air Support ”
Other wise the low note sounds at Forte and the high note sounds at pianissimo.
So kicking isn’t engaging the diaphragm unless your doing a completely passive shape change .
When you are doing air supported drills ,in order to maintain or increase volume , ” kicking ” is engaging the system in a negative way in relation to the exercise.
clinching,overblowing,sudden forced contractions,clenching, grimacing, overblowing etc.
Gregg’s stump grinder caught me asleep at the switch again 💤💤💤😒💤💤💤
A favorite exercise at the moment is
The “C#(B concert)- harmonic slur”
But I just couldn’t quite get the double interval to pop until I realized I was actively refraining from kicking when a little kick was called for. DUH ! 🙄
I find the completely passive no kick ascending as the volume diminishes drills so tricky that I seem to have developed a bit of a sub conscious anti kick, hick up.
At least that’s one problem that was easy to fix once I woke up. 💤💥
I’m not understanding the terminology correctly here some how.
D(concert C)- Harmonic slur 2
“Keep the flow study and stay in time when changing shape.
Do not kick the air to force the upper note.”
By my understanding of what is asked for is to treat the exercise as a passive exercise.
” Keep the air steady ”
” Do not kick to force the upper note ”
Consequently the lower note is at Forte, the air remains study, and the volume decreases as the slur ascends.
There is no mention of keeping the air supported .
However on the sound track the entire exercise is at a solid Forte start to finish.
I practice it both ways and no harm done but I remain perplexed by terminology:
Keep air supported
Keep air steady
Are these terms the same or is one passive and the other active ?
Or does “keep air study ” refer to something about air flow I somehow missed along the way ?
Hey Daniel, this isn’t a PASSIVE exercise at all. I just want to make sure that there is not jolt when getting the higher notes. There is a degree of abdominal support required to maintain volume throughout the exercise however the flow should be constant and steady with no signs of kicking the air when changing SHAPE. I hooe that makes sense. Cheers, Greg.