Pedals and Systamatic Approach

It has been suggested by some that there is no chance of causing any lip damage by using pedal tones. Pedals are used to help loosen the lips. To play a double pedal C the lips vibrate freely and they are very relaxed. This is a good thing. Lets look at the directions in THE building range through pedals book. “Systematic Approach to Daily Practice for Trumpet” Part 1 is the main pedal exercise. The directions are. 1. Big Breath. 2. Do not hold back. 3. Hold the note as long as possible with a crescendo at the end. Hold the note until all air is gone and longer (until your stomach shakes). Relaxing the lips to their fullest extent then playing without holding back adding a crescendo. The day Jack posted the first Pedal post I read an email from a TPIN list member. He was writing to ask […]

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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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Range & Pedals

I heard that you have to play pedal tones to get the chops to play high. Playing pedals CORRECTLY can teach you to relax the center of your mouth while the corners remain firm. It can aid in learning to control the airflow. And a couple of other things as well. In and of itself pedals do NOT increase your range. Playing pedal tones teaches you to make BIG embouchure movements. But high notes NEED small adjustments. Lets say that moving from double pedal c to pedal c is a movement of 1. Going from pedal c to low c is a movement of 1/2. Going from low c to middle c is a movement of 1/4. Going from middle c to high c is a movement of 1/8. Going from high c to double high c is a movement of 1/16. Going from double high c to triple high […]

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