Some thoughts from my little niche as a trombone teacher at Arizona State University
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Of Lip Slurs and Taffy
As performers and teachers, we often deal in visual imagery to help evoke the right physical response.
When I'm playing my slow lip slurs, I want to maintain an unbroken airstream as I move from note to note. It helps me to think of my embouchure as SUPPLE AND MALLEABLE instead of BRITTLE.
For the air during these lip slurs, I like to think of an unbroken stream of air connecting the notes. Like that taffy-pulling machine above..... (or below)...