Posted by Ian Easton on September 10, 1999 at 04:28:04:
Slurring between certain notes (eg bottom space A to B natural) on my Willson (piston valve) EE flat has always caused a momentary waiver in the attack of the second note. I've thought one reason might be a disturbance in the airflow as the valve 'cuts' the air to redirect it; in fact conventional wisdom dictates fast valve depression to be best, but... I've found depressing the valve slowly REDUCES the problem, cleaning up the start of the second note. Can anyone offer an explanation? Something to do with the slow change giving my lips a chance to center in on the note, perhaps; although I can't quite accept that!