What’s the number 1 question I receive from my students?
How do I get a better tone?
There are many answers to this question, so I have compiled an 18 point/tip list to help you improve your tone. I know there is a lot here, so I suggest the following.
Take one item at a time and see if it makes a difference. If it does, make it a part of your daily practice.
What if I need to focus on 3 or more points?
Don’t try to fix all of them at once- that would be overwhelming. Instead, focus on one point at a time. This would be important if you’re trying to keep your jaw steady, have good posture, not puff your cheeks, play with full volume, and experimenting with more reed pressure. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t focus on each of these points at one time. Instead, try the following:
- Choose 1 problem you would like to fix (more pressure on the reed)
- Play a 1 octave G major scale, focusing on reed pressure
- Play 5 times
- Choose the next problem you would like to fix- Repeat
As you continue to apply this process daily, your issues will begin to resolve, even when you’re not thinking about them. Consistent practice is the key here.
More Detail in The Blog
Over the next few weeks (or possibly months) our blog posts will cover each of the 18 tips. This will give us a chance to go into more detail concerning each item. I think you’re really going to benefit from these posts!
You can print out the 18 item list for your convenience. I have also provided a print out with a short description for each tip. This will give you enough information to get started.
By the way, you don’t need to solve everything in one day. Even if you work on 1 tip a day, you will have a better tone within a month. So get started today, have fun and enjoy your new tone!
If you have questions, or any tips that you would like to share, please head on over to our Facebook page. We’ll get a good conversation going on over there. Here’s the post link:
I look forward to your improved tone!
The 18 Tips
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