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SBP – Sing, Buzz and Play

When playing music, the most important is how it sounds…In other words, how well can you sing it.
Singing doesn’t always mean using your voice, but any instrument can be used to sing…
Sing with a trumpet sound, sing with a Tuba sound, or sing with a percussion sound.

It all comes down to how good a singer you are.

That of course doesn’t mean you have to have a great voice… unfortunately, not everybody have a great voice… But generally speaking, everybody can sing. (reminds me of a movie “Ratatouille” where Chef Gusteau mentioned that everybody can become a great cook.

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Using a Respirometer – Spirometer to develop your breathing

Breathing for playing a brass and wind instrument should be as natural as possible. It is a natural process to breath in and breath out.
However, when playing a trumpet, we need to develop the breathing technique to be able to breath in and blow with as little tension as possible. In other words, we need to develop a natural breathing. This is ironic, as we mentioned previously that taking a breath is a natural process, so why should we develop this “natural” process?

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Brass players: to warm-up or not to warm-up

A lot of discussions are focused on the definition of warmups (or warm-ups?) for brass players. Some feels they need to warm up a certain amount of predetermined time and stick to it religiously every day, while some says they do not need to warmup…

So who is right?

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Breathing technique exercises: why bother about it?

As we progress with our playing, sooner or later we will realise that to achieve a consistant performance, we need to develop a consistant breathing technique.
The good news is that it is natural. So why bother with breathing exercises?
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Trumpets: choosing the right instrument

Many will ask what trumpet should they buy… Or which is the best trumpet?
The answer varies from person to person, and to make things even more difficult, there are so many brands and models out there that choosing an instruments is hard. Choosing the right instrument is even harder.
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Music and the basic principle of breathing

Trumpet and all brass instruments are wind instruments. Meaning that it needs wind (moving air) to make a sound.
With that in mind, let’s explore what is involved when playing a wind instrument…And how our breathing habits will greatly influence the quality of sound we produce, hence the music we make.
Often we hear people say “Blow hard” or “put a lot of air” to students and aspiring players when teaching or coaching them. While this is true, you need air, but we sometimes forget about the basic principles of blowing…Hmm this start to get interesting.

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