I’m just getting back on my feet now after a terrible bout of the flu. In place of some original content today, here are a couple of topics going around on the ‘net I’m finding interesting reading.
Bobby Shew’s Thoughts on Aperture has been a lengthy discussion about several interrelated thoughts on what the embouchure aperture does (or should be doing) while playing. There are many wildly differing opinions about this topic, not all grounded on fact, but not all are necessarily bad analogies to think about. Regardless of what you think, should your concept of what you think you’re doing actually reflect what happens? Should it matter if your analogy doesn’t match reality, as long as you find it useful? If you have the patience, sift through all the pages (9 so far) and see if you can separate the wheat from the chaff here.
BE Discussion on Wilktone.com was prompted by my skeptical review of The Balanced Embouchure (my initial review is here, and a followup can be viewed here). I’m excited about the possibility that someone can address my concerns about this practice method, and it looks as if the author, Jeff Smiley, may actually set me straight on my misconceptions. It would be a pleasure to have to correct my viewpoints if it means that I learned something new and improved my own understanding. That said, I still prefer to recommend other things to practice that I feel derive benefits without the associated risks of practicing more than one embouchure for the entire range.
Keep in mind that if you’re not taking what I recommend with a grain of salt, then you’re missing one of my gripes with the field of brass pedagogy as a whole.
Mouthpiece Pressure and other Tall
Tail s Tales picks up from my recent post on Mouthpiece Pressure Myths. Bruce Hembd links in his essay to fellow Horn Matters blogger John Ericson’s related articles. There’s enough interesting reading to keep me occupied for far longer than I have time for just now.