Taking care of facial muscules while playing

Tips and Techniques

You sometimes see some great brass players frowning like their face is about to explode while playing. And yet they manage to get some dynamite music out of their horn!

It might work for some people but I would advise you not to emulate them. Facial tension will spread through your body and eventually affect your airflow and your tone. While some truly great artists with strong personalities and creativity will succeed this way and even make it their trade mark sometimes, it won’t work for the vast majority of people who will end up with a mediocre tone and less endurance as a result of too much frowning.

You need to know which muscles are actually needed to play your horn and leave the rest as relax as possible. Forcing with your forehead might give you some short term results but will hurt you in the long run. Have the patience to learn to play in a relaxed manner and you’ll eventually gain strength and endurance to play without unnecessary facial tension.

Happy Playing – Kelvin


About Kelvin Joe Brown - Editor of Art of Brass

Art of Brass is a area for brass players in brass bands, orchestras or any other brass ensemble offering news, tips and exercises and product advice all brass player at any level professional or beginner. Breathing new life into playing again! News, tips and exercises, product advice and general chit chat. Feel free to comment and join in with any advice for all our likes that consist of players or fans of brass players. Band interests Information and advice is sourced from fellow brass musicians, many years brass playing experience and Qualifications from the RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music) and tutors past and present. Playing and tutoring experience from: Steven Mead Trevor Groom James Lydon Gordon Jackson Interests - Brass Bands - UK and world, brass quintets, brass quartets, symphony and philharmonic orchestras and wind bands. Editor: Kelvin Joe Brown View all posts by Kelvin Joe Brown - Editor of Art of Brass

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