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Alex Brain
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:55 am    Post subject: Flexibility Challenge Reply with quote

Hi,

Here is a video I have just posted demonstrating a little bit of the flexibility I have developed through listening to some great players, both live and on youtube.

Its my hope that this video can encourage some discussion about flexibility, the role of a relaxed lip and the means to achieve these abilities.

This video is by no means definitive, and I hope it steers viewers to check out some of the amazing trumpet players who inspired me to practice these ideas. I already have plans to release some more videos exploring each of the individual exercises in greater detail and with further development.

Hope you enjoy, and look forward to hearing your comments!


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Rod Haney
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Flexibility Challenge Reply with quote

Alex Brain wrote:
Hi,

Here is a video I have just posted demonstrating a little bit of the flexibility I have developed through listening to some great players, both live and on youtube.

Its my hope that this video can encourage some discussion about flexibility, the role of a relaxed lip and the means to achieve these abilities.

This video is by no means definitive, and I hope it steers viewers to check out some of the amazing trumpet players who inspired me to practice these ideas. I already have plans to release some more videos exploring each of the individual exercises in greater detail and with further development.

Hope you enjoy, and look forward to hearing your comments!


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Alex
Please demonstrate the techniques used to gain slur sped in the 1st demo. I am very interested in developing similar skill and speed.
Thanks - you play wonderfully
Rod
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Alex Brain
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Rod,

Thanks very much for your comment.

I will make a video on how I developed that technique quite soon.

In the meantime; the real key is to have an extremely relaxed top lip. At that speed it is impossible to 'control' the slur conventionally, you need to have a lip that is incredibly compliant to the resonant frequencies of the instrument and (I believe) this is only possible if there is minimal tension in the lip.

I'll outline this in much greater detail in the video.

Thanks again
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Eliot
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great demo. I too have been learning from Paul Mayes. He gives some great tips for warming up, slurring & long note playing.
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elliott johnston
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very helpful. thanks
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Alex Brain
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much Elliot and Eliot!

As I said to Rod both publicly and privately, I'm going to make a video in due course where I talk through the first exercise in a bit more detail, and outline how I figured it out. The irony of it was that I had been trying to do it since I was about 14 and first saw the video of Wynton doing a very similar thing, but could never get close. It was only when I looked at it in a completely different way, and approached it from a totally different angle, that I had any success- and in fact it only took me a morning to work it out (obviously took a few weeks to make it consistent/on demand but nevertheless).

In this instance; 9 year's work had less effect than 30 minutes of open-minded intelligent practice.

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