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barryj1
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After reading a number of posts regarding the Caruso method, I went out and
purchased Musical Calisthenics for Brass. Even though my approach is somewhat
haphazard (i.e. I shamelessly breath through my mouth, remove the horn from my lips
before an exercise is properly finished and have adapted several exercises to suit my
musical convenience), I can attest the the fact that this stuff really works!

After twenty minutes with the Caruso material, my tone tends to open up and physical control in all registers is noticeably improved. I experienced a major improvement a few months back when I switched over to a closed mouthpieces setting after purchasing Jeff Smileyís Balanced Embouchure. The Caruso method fine-tunes/tweaks the player into using his/her equipment more efficiently; it energizes the fundamental tone, making the most demanding technical passages easier to execute.

Itís truly a no-brainer: you donít have to go nuts analyzing what is happening; the notes donít even have to sound good. When you finish with the Caruso material (or, as in my case, the somewhat adulterated version), everything that follows sounds so much better. Why the dramatic improvement? Who knows! Who cares!

Barry
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Cozy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2002 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are the physical and musical sides of tpt. Caruso's exercises help us to build up the physical, to focus. I find that the musical aspects come a bit easier with a better physical platform, aided by Caruso.
I'm glad Caruso helps you, too.

Cozy
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