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Author Topic: I can play a 2 now, up from a 1.5 woohoo.  (Read 722 times)

Offline kurth83

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I can play a 2 now, up from a 1.5 woohoo.
« on: December 03, 2023, 07:44:41 PM »
Been right about 3.5 months since I started playing.  My technical skills continue to improve at a very satisfying rate.  I'm currently about 2/3 through sight reading the Klose cover to cover (at whatever speeds work, so very slow tempos).  Already read through several other easier method books (Rubank has about 4, and I did a few trumpet ones) to get me ready for the Klose.  Klose was a genius, lots of wonderful stuff in that book.

After about 3 months on a 1.5 (BD5 mpc), and repeated attempts to switch to a 2, it finally seems to have worked, I feel no less endurance on the 2 (every previous attempt the 2 wiped me out).  Everything else works better now.  Tone and volume is improved across the board, altissimo is easier (a lot easier), and the instrument is much less prone to squeak.  I don't hate the sound of the throat tones anywhere near as much.  Course I'm getting better at producing tone too.

My tone is now significantly better than the last chair in our local amateur concert band, I'll take what victories I can get haha. :-)

I think am also a really loud player too, (I can go soft easily enough), but as a trumpet player, putting a lot of air into it is easy for me and feels more natural.  I really like that I can get a fairly decent dynamic range out of it and I feel it is important to practice tone production at all dynamic ranges.  The 2 increased the max loudness nicely but I can still go super soft like a clarinet should. :-)

The CSVR is wonderful of course too, it has plenty of projection.

I am however still flat - even with a really short barrel - was hoping the 2 would correct that.

I am going to retry to find a teacher in january, a good one in our area is expected to have some spots open up then.

Offline TMHeimer

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Re: I can play a 2 now, up from a 1.5 woohoo.
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2023, 12:10:59 PM »
You certainly covered a lot of ground in a very short time. I use a Vandoren 2.5 reed and have been since about 1975.
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Re: I can play a 2 now, up from a 1.5 woohoo.
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2023, 04:25:26 AM »
 Well done Kurth.  Rubank is good stuff, and I still use them to warm up.  I have never played the Klose books.

For playing flat, try to "smile" through your embouchure.  Imagine there are draw strings at the corners of your mouth, being cinched up from the top.  That ought to help.
Glad you are progressing nicely and enjoying it.
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