How to get your High C, Super Strong !

Many players are using too much lip to lip compression- lip to lip closeness to play high C
 
meaning your chops [face] are not strong enough
to use less lip to lip compression thereby keeping the lips open enough 
to expose red lip flesh to allow for easy vibration to use as an endurance cushion (donut) and allow higher notes to vibrate..
 
how does one avoid ‘over use’ of lip to lip compression on any high note? 
 
practice endurance of lower notes than the point of your excess..
 
so…if…
 
your high c has too much compression – become exceptional at playing ad nauseum between mid ‘c’ / ‘g’ on top of stave / and ‘a’ above the stave…
 
then—as a by product—- high b and c will be easy…
 
you probably don’t have a problem
 
its just your brain wants to write cheques your chops cannot cash
 
YOU AIN’T STRONG ENOUGH ON LOWER NOTES!!!  ;-) 
I see this all the time.. 
its only when players stand next to me playing
do they realise how un-strong WEAK (endurance) they are ON THE STAVE
 
playing thru an arban study is EASY…
if its not EASY for you..
 
YOU ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH !
 
the attached melody should be SIMPLE…if you cant get to the end easily…you are not strong enough!!
 
see pencil exercise pic—I can hold it like this for 4 mins….can you?
 
regards . .Roddy o-iii<O
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Stiffness / Compression / Chop Strength

Stiffness….
 
it feels like this…
 
youre playing something at mid to high range with a good tone and all is well
 
but the moment you go to go to the higher range the notes just wont respond right?
 
the lips close down / tight / shut
 
frustrating right?
 
stiffness!!—you hate it right?…no range—grrrr!!
 
but..
 
what if its this…
 
youre playing something at mid to high range with a good tone and all is well
so..that means..your lips are being kept open by your jaw  / facial muscles and it all feels solid and responds..
 
but the moment you go to go to the higher range the notes just wont respond.
darn it – your lips moved closer together [compression – lip to lip] under the greater workload / mpc pressure —past the point of easy vibration.
 
the lips close down / tight / shut
not as a result of stiffness —although it may feel like it—but—as a result of your chops not being strong enough to keep the lips in the optimum close/open aperture utopia position for the notes to come out easily.
 
CLOSE not CLOSED.
 
You think your stiff…cutting off range
 
but…
 
You’re actually weak CHOP wise…
 
not able to sustain the close / open aperture balance [utopia] between the lips allowing JUST ENOUGH lip to lip compression to keep the lips vibrating at a higher frequency
 
players often say to me…my chops closed down and felt stiff not allowing the high notes out
 
but
 
if you were ACTUALLY stiff…you’d find a lack of flexibility well into the mid register…and…many don’t find this…
 
they say..my chops closed down and felt stiff not allowing the high notes out
 
what if they are simply not strong enough to keep the chops open enough at a given range
 
these types of players above come to see me for a live lesson…and…I tell them all is well…they don’t have a problem…
 
all they have to do is work smart and build..quit early..keep a decent tone at a mp dynamic..
 
but
 
life gets in the way of real solid regular practice…which
 
would avoid excess compression in place of REAL chop strength
 
when one builds strength like this…the red lip flesh doesn’t disappear inwards under crushing compression for lack of chop strength
ROD CLOSE UP 2013
 
don’t forget
 
the red bit vibrates
 
if its curled in
 
it won’t…
 

“E M B O U C H U R E ____E N H A N C E M E N T”
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