Play trumpet easier with tongue arch and hiss.

Here is a sound file of me teaching a comeback player to use tongue arch. He is doing ALL of the playing and I am talking him through line 1 page 125 of the Arban book. Sound file of me Teaching Tongue Arch (Anchor Tonguing) during a lesson. Whistle the first exercise of an Irons flexibility study.┬áThis is the same movement that your tongue should use as we play. It is like using Taw for low notes Too in the mid range and Tee a little higher. As we arch the front of the tongue toward the teeth a little this makes a more focused air-stream. The more focused the stream the less lip mass we excite and the higher we play. Arching the tongue (Forward) also moves the jaw, which changes the angle the lips vibrate at. This makes changes to the amount of lip curl present and changes […]

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Factors for a dynamic embouchure

Lip tension, tongue arch and air speed are great for changing pitch in a particular register. But lip compression is needed inorder to change registers. Jeanne has already pointed out that arching the back of the tongue causes headaches and blackouts. So please remember to use a forward arch. A combination of 6 things are NEEDED to play trumpet well. Close lip setting (aperture) + mouthpiece pressure (just enough to make a seal) + lip compression + lip tension + tongue arch (forward) & Air (speed and support). These 6 points control the range of the instrument. There are many variations available in how these can be added together to play any one note. It is possible to play a double high c with a close setting and compression only. Stevens’ static exercises are played that way. Adding some mpc pressure to that can flesh out the notes yet these […]

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Breath Control, Tongue Arch & Pivot

This will pertain to breathing and maintaining an open airway. I will start out with a concept that several may disagree with. All I ask is that you consider what I’m telling you. The diaphragm is called an involuntary muscle. It works without us thinking about it . It works when we are asleep. It can help us sneeze or cough. We can however, exert some control over it. We CAN hold our breath , take a breath when we want, take a short gasp or a long deep breath. This indicates a measure of control. In as much as trumpet playing IS AIR and breath control then working on this major source of our breath is vital. There are several Yoga exercises that are excellent as is timed breathing while walking or jogging. The airway must always be open both in inhaling and in playing. One problem is posture. […]

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Air leaking

The REAL cause for losing air through the nose is arching the back of the tongue and directing the air flow to the nasal passages. Use the front of the tongue when you arch and the problem will solve itself. Never use a nose clip. Have you ever held your nose and blown gently to pop your ears? Well playing a High C is NOT gentle blowing. This can be a dangerous thing to use. Nose plugs can prevent the pressures on each side of the eardrum from levelling off and cause you to blow out your eardrums. Pops

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