Low register

Date: 17/08/2009

I am having trouble playing good in the lower register and pedal notes? Do you have any tips to help me?

Normal opening in the front of the mouth, open in the back.

The most common mistake in the low register is to think to big, using the lips. This means you should not pull the lips too far apart. Let them stay normally together. The difference in lip positioning between mid- and pedal register is not as big as you might think.

Thick air

On the other hand, make sure the opening in throat is large enough. In the really low register, you could imagine to have a hot potato in your mouth. Imagine blowing hot air through a thick pipe.

Jaw slightly forward

To achieve a good opening in the back of the mouth it is a good idea to move your jaw forward a couple of millimeters.

This automatically opens up in the back. Another effect this gives is that you are able to rest the mouthpiece on the jaw bone below the lower lip. This also creates stability to the tone since the mouthpiece will not move and shake while playing.

Remember to inhale!

Low register playing requires a thicker air stream. This means you will spend a lot more air than in the high register.

As with money you can’t spend what you don’t have. Unlike money, air is free, so take in a lot.

Body positioning

Having the right posture while playing is essential for taking enough air in. Read about this on the link below.

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