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Playing Problems

In my book I list all of the possible causes. Here I only listed the top 3.

Poor Attacks
mouthpiece too small or shallow
wrong syllable for tonguing
Lips too tight

Weak Stuffy Tone
too little air used
too much pressure
closed throat

Bright Shrill Tone
mouthpiece too shallow
Bad concept of tone
Too tight

Dull Lifeless Tone
Mouthpiece too deep
no tongue arch
wrong concept of tone

Forced Sound
lips too tight
too much mouthpiece pressure
Bad breath support

Weak Upper Register
Chops too tight
too much pressure
wrong or no pivot

Weak Low Register
No or wrong pivot
Mouthpiece too small
not using warm air Haaaaa.

Changing Quality of Sound
poor breath support
change in tongue arch or pivot
tonguing problem

Slow Response
too much pressure
poor breath support
lips too tense

Missed Notes
Mouthpiece Too small or shallow
too much pressure
poor breath support

No Endurance
Too much pressure
No practice
Mouthpiece too big or deep

Clint 'Pops' McLaughlin

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