I ask my students to write reflections in their practice notes. Every now and then, I like to compile some of their comments.
All in all, I’d say I have a very insightful studio!
Don’t expect a good sound, predict it. You have to work to meet an expectation, predictions just happen, they’re a given.
Creative, come up with new solutions
Working too hard, put less effort into blowing
Celebrate successes and acknowledge failures
Lips are just there to respond to air
Discovered that if I don’t shift my face, I can play in and out of the pedal range without having to reset! Victory! Just hold the instrument straight, hear the note, relax and sing.
Working on bringing the intensity and purpose behind my Romeo & Juliette sound into everything that I play, from the studio tune to the Sulek
Experiment and try more things.
Lead to one of my most productive practice sessions this academic years.
* Lip and Horn harmony (lips put the pitch where the horn wants it)
~Isolating weak areas inside and outside of the context of the music
Snapshotting” – Don’t think of the movements between two points (inhale/exhale, large leaps, slide movement), take a snapshot of each end and just switch between the two images.
Something I didn’t realize that soft buzzing helps more than loud buzzing. I previously thought that loud buzzing could help you “open up” more in terms of tone. I learned of this when you mentioned this either Wednesday or Thursday of last week during studio class. I started doing soft buzzing and I feel like it has been benefitting my tone even more!
I’ve realized that I usually start playing by blowing air into the trombone before even consciously setting my embouchure. I guess I got away with it up to this point because it’s often overlooked, but I think I should improve at it. Before I start playing something, I will always consciously set my embouchure until it’s been ingrained as a natural habit.
Something that [name] brought up this week that helped me out significantly is playing a piece of music incredibly slow so that I can hear exactly what is coming out of my bell. I think it helped me with some of the intonation issues I’ve been having.
I have continued to use a tuner at least once a day to make sure I have a central focus on my intonation. If not using a tuner, I’ll just head over to the piano to make sure I can hear the notes correctly. So….
* Correct intonation helps note changes?
* Continue to listen and reflect
Very hectic week, but have been trying to implement practicing within small windows like mentioned in last lesson. There’s always time somewhere!