My embouchure hurts really badly this morning. I mean REALLY significant pain and the 2 Advil I took haven’t kicked in yet. Maybe I’m just overdoing it? (Endurance issues have never, ever been like this for me before.)
I’m not playing anything at all outside of Windworks exercises right now. I feel I need get a solid start on building myself a 2.0 brain first. Truth be told, I’m afraid to go back to playing any material I was working on before Windworks. My 1.0 brain is giving me massive fits and I wish there was some way I could just kill it off all at once. (FYI, I have no idea where my range is at the moment – used to be D/E above the staff and I don’t want to trigger 1.0 brain to find out where it is now.)
I was at Largo Status/C# Harmonic slurs last night and won’t attempt that again until I can stop the throat engagement that’s goin on. Before you tell me to take a lesson, I watched Greg say in one video something along the lines of deliberately making throat engagement happen to learn to feel when it happens. Learning to deliberately mess something up? Interesting concept. I’ll figure that out late tonight after my embouchure recovers a bit. (Dropping from F# to C# is easy, but trying to go back up isn’t happening without throat engagement.) FYI I will eventually take a lesson, but later. There’s a lot I can learn just by watching videos over and over and over and over . . . . . . . . . .