Trumpet Tongue Position – Q and A No. 53

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by Eddie Lewis

Here’s Q and A 53. I won’t add any text right now, for now, because there’s nothing to write. I’m not taking questions ahead of time anymore. So maybe I might come back to these posts and summarize the Q and A when the session is over.

Trumpet Tongue Position

The chat today began with a discussion about trumpet tongue position. The question was specifically about the change in sound you get when you tongue. If you play on a wide open oral cavity, then putting your tongue up into position and then bringing it back down to that lowest position creates a “dow” sound.

We talked about that for a while because it is connected to talks about oral cavity in general.

Consistent Sound

AFter that we had a question about working towards a consistent sound, which is ALSO connected to the tongue position discussion. I teach that a consistent sound comes from an absolutely still body. Changes in sound come from changes in the body. The instrument especially in the context of sound, is extremely sensitive to body movement.

This is more true as you go higher. It makes sense that, if the physical movements required to get from one note to the next become more subtle as you ascend to the upper register, then the higher notes will therefore be more sensitive to those same movements than lower notes.

I didn’t say this in the video, but this is one of the reasons I say that we need to be super natural if we want to be great trumpet players. It is natural to move when we play. It is something over and above natural to sit perfectly still when we play.

Circular Breathing

We also had a short discussion about circular breathing, which I am not a fan of. As a trumpet player, I see myself as an artist, not an entertainer. Circular breathing is a gimmick that trumpet players use to entertain the audiences with. So it really doesn’t appeal to me.

Stage Fright

Towards the end of the Q and A we had a discussion about how to deal with stage fright. I am convinced that most students who suffer from stage fright today do so because they practice that into their performance.

I say this better in the video…

This is something that is worse for today’s kids. I think they are told to much to follow their passion…which is translated as…..let your emotions control your behavior….which is essentially a hedonistic philosophy. And that philosophy comes with some very serious problems.

Anyway, that’s all I can remember from this week’s session. If any of this sounds interesting to you, then I invite you to watch the video.

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