Posted by Klaus on April 08, 2002 at 21:11:38:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Air Pressure / Air Flow etc posted by Mary Ann on April 08, 2002 at 19:20:38:
"He screwed up his face in an obvious fashion, and then came in hauntingly soft on an ethereal high B."
Did he screw up to produce that note?
Or did he screw up to adjust the productive airstream?
One could call this a hen-or-egg discussion. I rather would take the discussion back on your homefield of bowed instruments.
How much sound does the left hand produce aside of a few "trick" pizzicatos as in the solo part of Carl Nielsen's violin concerto?
The bow arm delivers the energy to the sound, the left hand can only adjust.
For brass players that translates into the airstream delivereing the energy. The embouchure with all of its inner windway positionings delivers the adjustment.
Would you play a cello or double bass with a violin or viola bow?
Would you play a tuba with a horn airstream?
Embouchure is important. But not as important as a wide and warm airflow.
Of course embouchure is a focus point, but it should not outfocus the windplayers true energy generator.