Author Archives: Robert Slotte

The Embouchure Change…

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…is slowly but surely starting to pay dividends. I can now articulate much more clearer in the register between middle C and high C. This register, has on the big Bb trumpet, always been a problem area for me when it comes to clear articualtions.

My endurance is also improving. Trumpet endurance…can we have too much of that ? Well, I don’t know about that but I certainly know that I often has come short in this department as well.

So things are improving and I find myself looking forward to tomorrow’s practise sessions.

Ofcourse I still feel a bit shaky and insecure due to the feeling is a bit different and one can tell when looking at my recent video, in the trumpet sheet music tips series, that I don’t feel that convincing yet.

 

Anyway, if we can improve by 1% every day the results will be good in the long run.

Todays total practice time: 90 minutes

Todays embouchure/chop status: 8/10

Todays mood: 6/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Small Embouchure Change…

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Yes I’m at it again!

…I have done “modifications” to my embouchure setup before…. many many times and I will not stop untill I find what I know is the best way to play for me.

I’m always looking for ways to play the trumpet more efficiently. Right now I’m “gripping” the mouthpiece more with my lips then I have done before and, so far, the progress seems promising.

The notes above middle C are more secure and I feel I can “lean into” them with my air…if that makes sence…probably because of the gripping the lips and embouchure “locks” securily in place and then it’s just about letting the air do it’s magic.

I’m also allowing air pockets to form and this helps me play more relaxed.

Let’s see where this takes me!

Right now I’m planning what my next trumpet sheet music tip will be. I will probably make another video this upcoming weekend.

Todays total practice time: 120 minutes

Todays embouchure/chop status: 7/10

Todays mood: 5/10

 

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Trumpet Tonguing And The Annoying Double Buzz

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Trumpet sheet musicI did my usual trumpet practice sessions today with the exception of playing any music. I was running short on time so I focused on the fundamentals.

One weakness as a trumpeter, I often have, is the annoying double buzz. That is the note splitting in to two notes or…almost splits. It’s kind of the opposite of a crystal clear sound.

It seldom happens when I’m playing with my Eb-Trumpet and never happens with the piccolo but with my big Bb-Trumpet it is sometime a bit of a problem. It get’s worse when I’m tonguing and does not happen that often when I’m playing legato.

Today, when digging out the Arban from my trumpet sheet music pile, to practice single tonguing, the double buzz was particularly annoying.

I WILL find a solution for this problem!

So far I have a few ideas about what the causes are for me:

  • My jaw is receding, without me noticing it, when I’m doing fast tonguing and causing a small shift in my embouchure???  (I’m a forward jaw player. Type IV)
  • When tonguing I loose the right tongue postition inside my mouth, So that I use the “wrong” vowels (ooh, a, e, i issshhh) for the pitch???
  • Or, my embouchure is just tired and weak???

What ever it is I will find a way to fix it.

Tomorrow there will be more tonguing exercises dug out from my trumpet sheet music stack.

Keep strong and keep practicing, fellow trumpeters!

 

Todays total practice time: 60 minutes

Todays embouchure/chop status: 6/10

Todays mood: 6/10

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Trumpet Practicing For Endurance and Physical Exercise…

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The date is wrong for this post. It is now 17 September 2017. (This issue will be fixed in my next post)

Having been playing the trumpet for 35 years now I can with confidence say that I notice that cardio training IN BETWEEN my practice sessions of the day (I usually have 2-3 trumpet sessions in a day) pays the most dividend.

The increased blood circulation to my lips, embouchure and to my whole body helps my lips to very quickly feel fresh again after the first practice session of the day AND the rhythmical, big breaths, during my cardio sessions makes the following trumpet session much more easy when it comes to using my air naturally and efficiently.

By putting in a little bit of cardio time like this I notice huge benefits when it comes to my trumpet endurance. If I do it every day for two weeks  the difference in my trumpet playing is pretty dramatic.

Today and yesterday, however, I did not do any cardio at all. Lazy me!

..and sure enough:

  • My mood suffers
  • Some aspects, like breathing, suffers in my trumpet playing. (I’m asthmatic)
  • Trumpet endurance suffers a bit because I don’t recover from the first practise session as quickly

I’ll try to be a better boy tomorrow.

For now, however, the day is done here in the introverted trumpeters world. The only things that’s left on the”to do list” is getting my ass down in my sofa and my feet up on the livingroom table.

—and oh yeah, some warm sandwiches to go along with that.

Awesome! 🙂

 

Todays total practice time: 50 minutes

Todays embouchure/chop status: 7/10

Todays mood: 6/10

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