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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    Not exactly. The very first exercise I mention is not a scale - you just blow through all the notes you can get with one fingering. But the scale exercise is a normal, major scale. The key ingredient there is to crescendo toward the top. If coming back down is too much for your air supply, then just finish at the top note.
    Oh, I misread it!

    So

    1) 1st exercise is the strength building one where you hold down 3 valves and blow through all the notes.

    2) 2nd is the Matteson Technique, involves playing 2 octaves of a major scale upwards, while doing a crescendo. So there's no need to play every chromatic notes while going up. I am guessing the following means playing the next major scale?
    Then he would start a half-step higher and do the same thing
    is that correct?

    Thank you so much, sir!

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianeSparkle View Post
    Oh, I misread it!

    So

    1) 1st exercise is the strength building one where you hold down 3 valves and blow through all the notes.

    2) 2nd is the Matteson Technique, involves playing 2 octaves of a major scale upwards, while doing a crescendo. So there's no need to play every chromatic notes while going up. I am guessing the following means playing the next major scale?


    is that correct?

    Thank you so much, sir!
    Yes, that's it. For the first one you can also use all 4 valves, which I find more valuable.
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    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    One strength-building technique that was popular while I was in college (many years ago) was to blow through the overtone series. You should press all 3 valves and start on a low F-sharp at ff. (Or press all 4 and start on treble clef D or C# an octave below the staff, for bass clef that would be low C or B natural below the staff.) Then slur at that volume up and down the overtone series trying to hit every partial along the way. It sounds pretty gross but does help build strength.

    I learned a great technique for building range from jazz euphoniumist Rich Matteson. He would use 2-octave major scales, starting on a low, comfortable note at about mf and doing a crescendo to the top of the scale. He tried to keep the tone quality about the same as he went up the scale. Then he would start a half-step higher and do the same thing, continuing this way until he reaches the highest note he can play. The trick is to keep the crescendo and tone quality as you go up. Because of that, you need to slur the scales - you want to keep the air uninterrupted all the way up.

    As you get stronger and better at doing this exercise, try sustaining the top note longer. Also, when you get to the top note, hold it for a couple seconds and then continue by playing down the scale. That helps develop control of your new-found strength. As you turn around and start down the scale, you'll find that you have more "opportunities" to lose control of the notes. It's much better to have the control to do something flexible with those high notes rather than just getting there and stopping.

    The "Matteson technique" will force you to use lots of air and will build your high-range strength like nothing else I have found. Not using enough air means that the horn is acting more as a megaphone. But as you use more and more air strength, you are encouraging the horn to resonate. Once that happens you will find that your high notes are "slotted" into a real pitch, which makes you sound dramatically better!

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    This. ^

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    about how fast should these scales be played

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by gmck2101 View Post
    about how fast should these scales be played
    Medium or slow, depending on your air supply. You have to be able to hear the tone/volume of each note.
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