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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 ...


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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