Thursday, November 24, 2011

Guacamole Tone

Food has a lot to do with Thanksgiving so here's a food-related concept.

One of my students had a nice tone but not right at the start of the note. In the past, I once described this as Frisbee tone.

So I asked him, "What's your favorite food?"
Answer: chocolate cake.

"What's your least favorite food?"
Answer: Guacamole

"Imagine being offered a big, delicious slice of chocolate cake with a thin outer layer of guacamole. You want to get to that cake but you have to pass through that layer first."

"When you don't start notes with your best tone right away that's what it's like listening to your sound."

So let's thin out that guacamole layer. Or, better yet, get straight to the chocolate cake!

Happy Thanksgiving.

1 comment:

Vili said...

My names Vili. I'm a trombone player/teacher/conservatory student. I love this analogy and I like the idea that a sound is nothing without the start of the note. For me it entirely ruins one's tone. My teacher told me about an interview with the top orchestra's (New York Phil, Vienna etc.) and they said it was the power they get from the attack or the beginning of the note. I think the guacamole analogy even further and that the guacamole even changes the entire structure of the chocolate cake. I really enjoy your blog and I'd love to talk some trombone and possibly do some link sharing and what not. If you wanna check out my blog it's