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RJ
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2002 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm having trouble on some days starting #3 on the C. I'm more used to starting the day around G or low C. Does it matter what order I go in for #3, high-low or low-high? Or would you suggest doing more buzzing before #3?
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2002 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notice whether your breathing is free and easy right up to the attack. Get the air into the note, not tense up as you are unsure of the first tone of the day. Hear the C in your mind as if Bud or Ray Mase or whoever is your favorite player is about to play that tone. If you tense up (often in the rib cage as you inhale) the throat closes up and the first C of the day is problematic. To get comfortable do some flow studies from G, and as your confidence gets better your breathing gets easier. The C and above become no problem as you begin your practice.



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RJ
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2002 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks,
what about volume? any specific one that should be used at all times, or just what feels best for the day?
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2002 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On 2002-05-04 15:24, RJ wrote:
thanks,
what about volume? any specific one that should be used at all times, or just what feels best for the day?


Full, free and open! I work volume after freedom. Make the studies as if each were a melody. As the comfort and ease of playing take over, add more and more dynamics. Resonate in the center (sweet spot) of each tone and then work for softs and louds. Listen for centered, not bent notes. Bend on purpose when doing those exercises, but listen for the end of the note not moving up or down in anticipation to the next note. Pitch bending down to hit the next pitch down, or bending up to hit the next note up. Each sound is centered like a piano. Lots of tone on each dynamic. The softer you play, make the sound even better. As you play bigger, let the sound be even better yet! Like a great stereo, as you turn up the volume the sound gets better not worse!!


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