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I learnt this exercise in a masterclass with Steve Turre and it has done wonders for my plunger technique. The exercise is to practice four different plunger articulations to move between notes. Try something in the mid-range to get started, say Ab to Bb. The key concept is to replace the tongued articulation with the movement of the plunger (time the ...


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Here are a couple exercises that have helped me get a fuller tone on a small bore instrument: long tones: everyday, throughout the range, from very soft to very loud lip flexibility: I like to work with Collins' advanced lip flexibility, but I play the exercises trying to get the best possible sound throughout. Players often sacrifice sound to get through ...


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Honestly, the one you like most. They all have up and down sides. Play what you like the sound and personality of the most.


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Just about anything. Classical/Romantic composers didn't go in for 'quirky' combinations like piccolo/tuba much, there wasn't the modern obsession for novelty-above-all. But apart from that they tried out most possible combinations. The 'rules' are not really about what instrument blends well with what other. They're about choosing instruments which suit ...


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Thought about this for a while and finally came down on this division: You gotta start by breaking the entire set of sounds into groups. Usually called "range" When considering the frequency range we have to agree on some terms..but you probably have already heard them. Bass sounds are the lowest, Tenor is mid low, Altos are mid high and Sopranos are the ...


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