Sometimes we are guilty of pounding our chops. Actually, often we're guilty. Maybe it's a gig with heavy playing, maybe a frustrating practice session with a lick that's just beyond our reach. Maybe it's marching band.
Whatever it is, why are we so often surprised when, the next day, things aren't working so well??
Here's a prescription for one of my students who seems to have some chops that are rising up in rebellion at their treatment. I call it Mellow Bookends.
Basically, at the beginning of your first practice session and at the end of your last practice session, spend 20-30 minutes of easy playing. That playing should have the following characteristics:
- Nothing louder than mezzo piano.
- No tongue
- Nothing fast.
- Keep the range mostly between middle B-flat and trigger C. However, soft pedal notes are welcome.
...pound them again??? (maybe not so much this time)