Simple techniques to increase efficiency, endurance and range
This video (VLOG) is to help understand how we as trumpet players can establish a relaxed state of being when playing the trumpet. The relationship we have with the trumpet is formed when we first begin playing. We learn that the notes in the upper register are more difficult to play. Naturally, we have the tendency to use more force to play the higher notes. We rely on muscle rather than technique because we have not developed technique yet. Over time, our brain becomes conditioned to believe that playing in the upper register requires more tension. This means, we associate playing high notes with tension. Our brain becomes conditioned to tense up our facial and neck muscles before we even play the first note. This is called "conditioning" and it occurs subconsciously. Thankfully, we can teach ourselves to establish a new association with the trumpet. This includes practicing lower softer notes and alternating these lower softer notes with practicing and etude or excerpt we frequently practice. Over time, this technique effectively will teach our brain to subconsciously associate playing trumpet with being relaxed which will result in an increase in range, flexibility, consistency and endurance.
Mark Zauss, BC-TMC, NCC, CCHMC, LMHC
Double Board Certified Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist
Trumpet artist for Schilke Music Products (Trumpet)
Trumpet artist for Warburton Music Products (Mouthpiece)
The VLOG explains the Benefits of Lip Buzzing:
Specific techniques to practice
Helps to fine tune steady air by making it easier to hear
Takes away resistance
Keeps the throat open
Feel free to contact Mark to set up an online lesson, or assessment as every brass player has different physical and psychological attributes.