Another Mini Exercise: “Flow Blow”

Flow Blow
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Well, it has been quite some time since my last mini exercise but here you go!

This exercise is a bit tricky to notate. The key thing is the concept behind the exercise. The act of moving the slide shouldn’t impact the way we blow. It is the *music* that should impact the way we blow. In the first two measures, move the slide quickly between 1st and 3rd position while blowing a steady stream of air. The quick slide movement shouldn’t impact the blowing action.

In measures 3-4, play a gliss with a steady sound. The slide should move quickly between positions but that steady air of the first two measures should result in a steady tone (no dip in volume as you change positions) throughout.

In the last two measures. Add the lightest touch of the tongue; just enough to conceal the quick gliss. Keep the air flowing throughout.

Here’s a pdf of Flow Blow

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Another Mini Exercise: “Hindy Slurs”

Hindy Slurs

This slur exercise is not just useful by itself but can demonstrate an important point. The intervals are derived from the opening of the Hindemith trombone sonata. Whenever we confront awkward articulated intervals, it can be very helpful to slur them as a practice technique. If the embouchure can cleanly navigate these leaps while slurring, chances are the tongued version will sound much better!
Here’s a pdf of these slurs.

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Mini Exercises! The first one: 8ve Leaps

27 January
Octave Leaps

Achieving a solid sound and attack in the lower register takes work. You can’t force it. Personally, I (and many people) pivot the mouthpiece a bit in search of the best placement for lower notes. I believe all of this pivoting serves the goal of allowing the lower lip to set in the right place for best vibration.
Also, lower notes call for a more air stream to allow good resonance. Some people like to think of ‘warmer’ air such as that you would use to fog up a mirror.
Here’s a pdf of Octave Leaps [180127]

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