In legato, we sometimes allow the air to ‘bump’ when the slide moves.
The air is driven by the phrase, not the slide.
To help separate the two, try this little exercise:
Stand tall but relaxed. Tilt your head this way and that. Begin to notice where it nicely balances over your center of gravity.
Why don’t we do this all the time? Here are too common reasons.
- The music stand is too low so we tilt down to see it.
- When sitting in an ensemble, there’s no place to fit our slides so we tuck them below the stand.
That head is pretty heavy! Keep it balanced and you feel less stress while playing.