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    Do you have any tips for warming up before playing/getting embouchure ready? It seems really hard to just go into a piece of music without doing anything first.
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    (Original post by glassriver)
    Do you have any tips for warming up before playing/getting embouchure ready? It seems really hard to just go into a piece of music without doing anything first.
    I do! Cornet for about two years now. My warming up technique is pretty rubbish anyway, but my brass tutor tells me to warm up by playing harmonics, arpeggios and scales by both tonguing them and slurring them, and then maybe playing held notes, as well as practising tonguing by playing shorter notes. I can't really think of what else you could do...
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    I do! Cornet for about two years now. My warming up technique is pretty rubbish anyway, but my brass tutor tells me to warm up by playing harmonics, arpeggios and scales by both tonguing them and slurring them, and then maybe playing held notes, as well as practising tonguing by playing shorter notes. I can't really think of what else you could do...
    wow, I do cornet too! Seems like it's a more popular instrument than I thought!

    It's mainly the notes lower than middle C that sound a bit rubbish. Is there anything I can do to make them clearer apart from tilting the chin downwards and thinking about the note really hard?
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    (Original post by glassriver)
    wow, I do cornet too! Seems like it's a more popular instrument than I thought!

    It's mainly the notes lower than middle C that sound a bit rubbish. Is there anything I can do to make them clearer apart from tilting the chin downwards and thinking about the note really hard?
    Still not as popular as I would like it to be - I'm the only one in my school who plays a cornet (if you don't count the brass tutor).

    Rubbish as in grainy sounding? (is that even what you call it?)

    I'm not very sure about how to make the sound clearer, but I generally find that relaxing my lips makes it easier to play the lower notes, but at the same time, you still need a constant supply of air. Ooh, and the sound is much nicer if you have clear tonguing at the end (which I find harder to do when playing lower notes).
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    I do! Cornet for about two years now. My warming up technique is pretty rubbish anyway, but my brass tutor tells me to warm up by playing harmonics, arpeggios and scales by both tonguing them and slurring them, and then maybe playing held notes, as well as practising tonguing by playing shorter notes. I can't really think of what else you could do...
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    (Original post by MathsAstronomy12)
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    Hello fellow brass player :five:

    So which instrument(s) do you play?
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    Still not as popular as I would like it to be - I'm the only one in my school who plays a cornet (if you don't count the brass tutor).

    Rubbish as in grainy sounding? (is that even what you call it?)

    I'm not very sure about how to make the sound clearer, but I generally find that relaxing my lips makes it easier to play the lower notes, but at the same time, you still need a constant supply of air. Ooh, and the sound is much nicer if you have clear tonguing at the end (which I find harder to do when playing lower notes).
    Not sure what a grainy sound would sound like, but imagine someone trying to clear a very scratchy throat. I guess it probably needs more air
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    Hello fellow brass player :five:

    So which instrument(s) do you play?
    I'm not so much of a brass player as I am a string player I'm afraid, but love music Piano is my main instrument but also play the guitar, sax, trumpet, clarinet and drums
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    (Original post by glassriver)
    Not sure what a grainy sound would sound like, but imagine someone trying to clear a very scratchy throat. I guess it probably needs more air
    Most likely, yep. Take a deep breath beforehand :borat: (from the belly rather than the chest, like my teacher often demonstrates :lol: )
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    (Original post by MathsAstronomy12)
    I'm not so much of a brass player as I am a string player I'm afraid, but love music Piano is my main instrument but also play the guitar, sax, trumpet, clarinet and drums
    That is a lot of instruments. I can imagine you to be some kind of musical genius :lol:

    Piano's my main one as well, though I'm not actually amazing in either of my instruments (it's just enough for me to survive GCSE music). Judging by your name, I'm guessing you won't be studying music at uni? If that's true, any particular reason why?
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    That is a lot of instruments. I can imagine you to be some kind of musical genius :lol:

    Piano's my main one as well, though I'm not actually amazing in either of my instruments (it's just enough for me to survive GCSE music). Judging by your name, I'm guessing you won't be studying music at uni? If that's true, any particular reason why?
    Haha I'm in no way a musical genius but cheers.

    I only have lessons in piano, the others I self-teach using my mates or youtube videos! No, will be studying physics, not maths or astronomy as one would expect. The number of people who have thought that of me because of my username is countless; tempted to request a change due to this common misconception haha. But in answer to your question, I did music at AS and I found it interesting but pretty damn hard - there's no way I could hack it at A2 or degree level though having it as a hobby is fine with me. Wbu?
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    (Original post by MathsAstronomy12)
    Haha I'm in no way a musical genius but cheers.

    I only have lessons in piano, the others I self-teach using my mates or youtube videos! No, will be studying physics, not maths or astronomy as one would expect. The number of people who have thought that of me because of my username is countless; tempted to request a change due to this common misconception haha. But in answer to your question, I did music at AS and I found it interesting but pretty damn hard - there's no way I could hack it at A2 or degree level though having it as a hobby is fine with me. Wbu?
    Yeah, maybe a name change would clear the confusion (well, I won't make that mistake again, at least, anyway)

    Eh, I started both cornet and piano around 2 and a half years ago (a year before I chose my GCSEs, which might have been a tad bit late), and I'm enjoying playing both (I've joined the school's orchestra, big band and jazz band). I don't think I'd be able to do A-level Music, though, just because I'm nowhere near the level required for A-level Music, in either piano or cornet. I'll most likely just have it as a hobby too
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    Yeah, maybe a name change would clear the confusion (well, I won't make that mistake again, at least, anyway)

    Eh, I started both cornet and piano around 2 and a half years ago (a year before I chose my GCSEs, which might have been a tad bit late), and I'm enjoying playing both (I've joined the school's orchestra, big band and jazz band). I don't think I'd be able to do A-level Music, though, just because I'm nowhere near the level required for A-level Music, in either piano or cornet. I'll most likely just have it as a hobby too
    How would I actually do that?

    Keeping it as a hobby is more enjoyable as there's no work stress
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    (Original post by MathsAstronomy12)
    How would I actually do that?

    Keeping it as a hobby is more enjoyable as there's no work stress
    This thread should explain it all: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1329569

    (Basically, you just e-mail them, and they should just change it for you - that's what I did).
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    (Original post by TheOtherSide.)
    This thread should explain it all: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1329569

    (Basically, you just e-mail them, and they should just change it for you - that's what I did).
    Oh right, so what was it originally?
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    (Original post by MathsAstronomy12)
    Oh right, so what was it originally?
    "BlueBlueBells"

    From far away, that looks like a pretty awkward word (I won't be willing to explain if you don't get it, so you might as well stay curious )
 
 
 
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