Anonymous asked: The diaphragm is an involuntary muscle that you can't control. And if you're talking about support as in the feeling of "baring down" that is a counter productive valsalva maneuver. Arnold Jacobs writing on air usage and breathing are the most accepted practices and theories of brass playing and pedagogy. What you said as advice contradicts this and is old debunked knowledge. True, to get higher notes for sustained periods its mostly about air flow and usage.
I dunno man, I’m just sharing what I’ve been taught and what seems to work for me.
My teachers always talked abut the diaphragm, and while it’s probably NOT that muscle specifically I think it’s a good marker for the sort of area you’re supporting from. Air flow is obviously important and I probably should have mentioned that, but thanks for sharing the Arnold Jacobs knowledge, I’ll check it out more of his stuff :) (I have no idea what you mean by ‘baring down’ though… any elaboration would be good!)
Anonymous asked: Hi! I'm a trumpet player and for band we have to hold the high C for quite a few bars, do you have any advice for me on how to play it loud but still have good tone?
All about the diaphragm. Make sure you take a big breath beforehand (if phrasing allows it) and just use loads of support. DO NOT strain or push the trumpet into your face. If there’s a lot of you playing it it might also be worth staggering your breathing throughout it or if it’s a big problem, dropping in and out. Good luck! :)
Anonymous asked: Do you ever feel awkward when you ask people to come see your performances or when you plug a concert?
I don’t feel too awkward plugging events via facebook and things like that and I don’t really mind if friends ask to come but if my family asks to come to any gig I feel super awkward. Weird, I know. Also if it’s a gig where I’m doing a solo or something that is obviously me playing and I’m worried about it I automatically be less keen to invite people - don’t want them to hear me mess up! :P
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Talk about the person that pisses you off most in band.
What's one thing that ticks you off about marching band?
If you had to choose between single reeded or double reeded instruments which one would you choose?
What's the most difficult piece of music you've ever played?
Bass Clef or Treble Clef? Why?
Tell an embarrassing moment that happened during band.
Do you prefer listening to the melody of the songs or finding the core of the music?
What's your favorite piece of music?
A funny story that happened at a competition.
Who are you the closest with in your band? Share why you guys are such good friends.
Describe the kind of person you are in the band.
What's the highest note you can play with a good tone?
What's your favorite instrument besides your primary one?
Loud songs or soft ones?
What's your favorite note? Why?
What's your favorite drum corps? Why?
Has there been a time where you laughed while playing your instrument?
What's the difference between a baritone and euphonium?
Do you get offend if people mistaken your instrument for something else?
Who in your band makes you laugh the most? Why?
What's your least favorite drum corps? Why?
Do you prefer the top or bottom line when there's a divisi in your music?
What would you like to buy for your instrument right now?
What's a weakness you have in music?
What do you feel about the pit/front ensemble?
Do you think there should be a cymbal line?
Who do you think in the bassline has the most difficult part?
What's your favorite instrument brand?
Tell a story about your drumline.
What's the difference between a violin and viola?
Do you know what an alto clef is?
Which stringed instrument would you like to learn?
What's the heaviest instrument that you've held?
What instrument do you think will be the most difficult for you to learn? Why do you think so?
I’m very glad you like the blog, and thanks for everyone’s support!
Also a warning, I am currently rather snowed under at uni, so am lacking in inspiration - more original posts will be on the way eventually but for now I hope you don’t mind me sharing other people’s hilarious music stuff with you! :)
Thanks again everyone! :D