Embouchure and Breathing Technique
Allen starts this session by playing Napoli by Bellstedt. He then says:
I'd like to thank Odd Lund and Yamaha for this seminar taking place!
I was not told to go to a dentist etc. You know all that are
"extreme" type of advices. But some shapes are good or better than others for
playing the brass instruments.
John Faddis plays on a small mouthpiece with fat lips. Sandoval plays
a 3 C - very high and loud. I could not play well on those mouthpieces,
A firm setting and relaxation. Show kids and they'll do it. When I
teach, I always play. Youngsters will find good adjustments. Once in Japan
he saw a group of kid who had a clarinet teacher - they all pointed their
trumpets down like a clarinet.
If you move the mouthpiece up and down you can diagnose. Do it for your
self. Listen to the sound.
(Allen demonstrates by playing on very high an very low setting - the
sound is not good).
Jaw out in low register.
Allen is sceptic to those teaching high register playing by moving the
I learned from Doc Severinsen.
lock corners firm
relax in middle
then forget setting - go by feel
push air all time
not hah - hah
but HA ------------------ A
This is the most important thing. It will enable you to get energy.
You need fuel.
Inhalation is often to tense. Let it "fall" in.
If you learn to breath quietly in one move it is the
most effective way.
Demonstrate how to play a very long phrase (Clarke 2):
The "Farkas Book"
you can do this
how? - relax
also practice in stages
Allen is asked what he thinks about that often used book, "The Art
of Brass Playing".
"It can be dangerous. A friend of mine found that book. After that
he never played well."
One of the participants, a horn student, says she liked the book. Allen
likes that someone has another opinion.
Moral: "Take everything with a grain of
salt". No book is "a Bible". Something work for some people and not for
others. Use common sense.
Breathing out (playing)
Be aggressive (in American language meaning)
You need a core sound
Play a little louder to get that
Accenting strange parts (odd parts)
Keep air going
Play with authority