“Trumpet playing shouldn’t be a slap in the face,” is an analogy for the unnecessary activations, stresses and energy draining tension that creeps into your body when playing. These involuntary activations do not improve, help or evolve your trumpet playing.
The 4 FACTORIES represent the different techniques that must be developed and synchronised in order to play at a high standard. Complications arise when 2, 3 or 4 of the FACTORIES are called upon to deliver their goods simultaneously.
The SOUND factory emits a beautiful tone from the bell. With precise development, the SOUND factory is efficient and resonant.
The VALVES factory provides a change of notes. When working in conjunction with the SOUND factory, many notes can be played all over the instrument without creating too many problems.
The HARMONIC SLUR factory allows for intervals to be played. This is a problematic factory that can wreak havoc if too much pressure gets involved when used in conjunction with the SOUND factory. Serious problems have been know to arise when the VALVES factory comes online simultaneously with SOUND and HARMONIC SLURS.
When the TONGUE factory fires up with SOUND alone, it generally works well but shutdowns happen frequently when either or both of the other factories are operating.
Leave over-exertion to the uninformed masses. Thanks to years of misguided teaching, brass playing is considered “hard work!”
Based on the premise (and proven science) that playing a brass instrument is actually no physically harder than PASSIVELY humming, talking or singing, The Singing C Series explores the outer reaches of your ACTIVE and PASSIVE ability.
Efficiency is the key and closed eyes is a must to be sure you are not slapping yourself in the face. “Why didn’t I know this 20 years ago?” or “How do I deal with the fact that I have been teaching people incorrectly?” are questions often heard around the WindWorks Trumpet Academy.