Set point

When are people taught about a set point?

ALL beginning students ARE taught the concept. As first year students the range falls between low g and 4th space e. They are taught to set for a second line g. This prevents the need for lots of shifting, curling……

The problem comes in year 2 when the range increases the center of range starts moving up. The set point should as well.

Poorly trained teachers are the reason this and a hundred other things are not taught.

If you use a pivot and open (lower) your jaw as you descend. The g on the staff setting should be easy to add to your full time playing.

The concept is about setting closer to the top of your range.

The lips can only move freely so far after the mouthpiece touches them.

We need to be able to play from the top to the bottom of our range on ONE set and one breath.

We should use one of these 3 notes 3rd space C,  4th space E, or G on the top of the staff. For a month or 2 in practice play the setpoint note and instantly start your exercise or song. NO break, and no breath between the setpoint and start of the song.


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