brass player tips

George Chase
Submitted: Fri, January 26, 2018 - 12:19pm EST
how to improve more quickly

Be sure to begin and end your practice day with high standards, but always playing easily with a beautiful sound. Don't push your lip, play as easily and possible, esp. the first note of each figure you play. Once you have warmed up, then move on to more challenging material; etudes, ensemble music, solos, orchestra excerpts, jazz improv, flexibility exercises, scale patterns with varied articulation, long tones, Clarke and Arban exercises, etc. Many players focus solely on the idea of getting stronger. While strength is unquestionably a component of brass playing, I find people get faster and much longer lasting results by focusing on playing easily and more efficiently. I can't stress this enough!! The result is a better and more resonant sound.

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