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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:18 am    Post subject: Horn Angle Reply with quote

Hi All -- As you'll note from my user name, I'm a IIIB. One thing that Doc and Dave Sheetz both had to constantly remind me about--because I don't do it well--is to keep weight on the lower lip and stay with the lower jaw, using the upper lip as a "trump card" for the higher upper register. Recently, I tried lowering the angle of my horn very slightly. I don't think that it would be noticeable to someone looking at me play, but it does feel very different and does seem to help in regard to what Doc and Dave were after me to do. Does anyone have a similar experience or any insights to share? I'd be most grateful to hear from you. Thanks, and stay well!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

P.S. This is partially in response to Jay Kosta's recent post about lower-lip pressure.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, and perhaps think of it as placing more lightly on the upper lip, rather than adjusting the horn angle.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bg wrote:
Yes, and perhaps think of it as placing more lightly on the upper lip, rather than adjusting the horn angle.


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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gdghorn wrote:
bg wrote:
Yes, and perhaps think of it as placing more lightly on the upper lip, rather than adjusting the horn angle.


If you don't mind me giving some advice on horn angle. I found recently in a good way that I must set my mouthpiece on the most stable, comfortable spot. In doing that you will find the right angle. The most important part I left for last. You start with your top and bottom teeth together. The front teeth together, not the back teeth. You then open up your teeth only slightly as you do a breath attach and sound a low C or 2nd line G. The initial note might be much louder than normal for the effort. That is GOOD. If that works for you you've found the angle and jaw position that should work for you in all registers. I always go back to the teeth together position and go from there when I find myself drifting off...

This is definitely not a procedure that Doc Reinhardt taught or would have endorsed. See the Thirty Five Basic Points of the Pivot System (also visible at the top of the front page of this Reinhardt Forum). Thanks.
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