Horn and brass playing

Playing a brass instrument is challenging in many ways. The strength of our lip muscles are more limited than in the muscles in the rest of the body. This means that planning our physical practicing and playing generally is even more crucial than for other instrumentalists. We need to improve the strength of our embouchure in a more systematic way to build up the muscules and develop the embouchure for more difficult playing. Correctly timed physical practicing and good recovery techniques will ensure that you build up strength and endurance in your playing. You need to let your body build up strength by using the right kind of planning in your practice.

Progressive practice by planning your physical practicing gradually increases your endurance and prepares you for more demanding competition and performance situations. The main aim of planning your practice is to get your body to recover properly and achieve better strength. When you have the experience of practicing periods and building up your strength, you also learn to plan your preparing and set the goals. Then you can have the best possible timing for your auditions/ competitions and concerts in the future. To learn more, go to PRACTICING.

We produce the sound from our instrument when the air vibrates our lips. We need strong inner hearing to help us to achieve the right pitch. We need  a relaxed and good posture, well trained breathing technique, accuracy, mental strength and good inner hearing to hit the right notes accurately.  Fear of making a mistake does not help at all ! Train your inner hearing and more relaxed playing technique and learn to take risks by being more free with your playing . It seems that when you finally focus on other things in your playing like imagination, atmosphere, personality and story telling, you make less mistakes and playing feels easier.  Focusing on these types of  things instead of trying to control your playing all the time helps you to play more musical and easy.

 

To learn more, see also PRACTICING TIPS.

To learn more, see also IMPROVISATION