more melodica playing tips

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    Syd Read

    I watched the video “10 tips for professional melodica players” with interest. As a former pro French Horn player I thought I’d add several tips of my own.

    #1 TAKING A BREATH: to get max air intake (for long phrases) AND to limit the space between notes when requiring a breath try the following:
    – keep your upper lip on the mouthpiece
    -simply drop your lower jaw. (like in a gasp) The air will rush in!!
    That’s it

    #2 WHERE to BREATHE: All music (like natural conversation),has natural spots where an idea ends and another begins …this is called phrasing.
    Deciding where those phrases end will help determine where to take a breath and will make the flow of your melody more pleasing.

    #3 TONGUING: In the video Daren discusses short tonguing (“TO” = staccato). There is another common tonguing used to give the attack of the note a softer start. Called “Legato” (meansd LONG)
    When playing smooth pieces, like airs, use the syllabe “Doo” to seperate notes softly. You should hear a slight seperation between notes

    Hope this helps


    Daren Banarsë

    Great tips ScottishSyd, thanks for sharing!

    Alan Brinton

    Thanks, Syd.

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