Then we turn to some printed music.
Once the student sees that notation on the page, it seems as if much of that wonderful free-blowing quality in their sound just stops.
They tighten up, almost as if they have a 'careful valve' built into their blowing habits. It goes something like this...
Uh oh, there are notes on the page. I sure don't want to play them wrong. Time to be really careful.
And so they close that valve, the sound tightens up and notes sometimes don't speak.
How ironic that the desire to make it 'right' ends up messing it up.
Keep that valve open...