Pedal tones

I realize that there are some teachers and books that advocate the use of pedal tones to help extend your range. I am not one of them for several reasons. 1. 90% of the people who play pedal tones allow their lips to roll out or protrude into the cup of the mouthpiece. Both of these are contrary to the action needed to play high. Pedals are fine if you maintain a correct embouchure however someone needs to watch you play or you must use a mirror to advoid embouchure shifts. 2. Pedals will not build muscle needed to play high. Even when played properly pedals are played with much less tension than high notes. Only playing high will build the muscles needed to play high. 3. How many pieces of music require the use of pedal tones? If you never need to play them then why the extra practice? […]

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