Playing Quiet

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by HBB, Feb 6, 2004.

  1. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    I've just swapped from Cornet to Eb Bass and I was wondering whether you could give me any advice in playing quietly, I can't do It!!!!


  2. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

  3. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Tried that ...... but It comes out really loud compared to the other basses :shock: :(
  4. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    Go back on cornet?? :wink:

    Sorry, this has been a very long week!!!
  5. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

  6. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Serious! : :(
  7. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Get everyone else to play louder! :D

    It's cause you're sitting next to John :D

    I think it's one of those, fill the instrument but don't force the air through things.
  8. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    all about lung control i think... try and get a slow constant airflow, while buzzing at just the right speed, and keeping things in tune... nothing much!
  9. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    Quetly, what's that! I know how to play loud!! Mind u, writing ffffff in Opposition of Mars perhaps shows I like things loud :)
  10. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    and you obviously aren't too hot on latin grammar...
  11. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

  12. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    And yet another topic's gone dreadfully off-topic.....
  13. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

  14. Dave Euph

    Dave Euph Member

    A nice tip I picked up not too long ago goes something along these lines:

    When your parts are marked piano, don't play quiet but use less air-speed, vice-versa for parts marked forte.
  15. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    I find best thing for quiet passages is plenty of air through the instrument at a slower speed.

    Making such a jump, there possibly a sub-concious feeling that you have to force the air to fill the instrument.

    Plenty of air and control thats the key.
  16. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Moving to a larger bore is always likely to present problems in adjusting. As has been said it is important that enough air is going through to produce a steady tone. Do you find it hard playing quietly at all, or is it that you're afraid that the note won't sound unless you give it enough power?

    I think sometimes, particularly with a larger instrument, players can be so anxious to get a good start, and not end up behind the beat, that it can sound a bit like a mini explosion at the start of a phrase. I would recommend lots of practice - of course - plenty of long notes and legato playing, starting at a dynamic you feel comfortable with, and then gradually getting quieter, but ensuring tone quality stays good and even.

    And congratulations on joining the right section of the band :!: :wink: :lol:
  17. ted

    ted Member

    Just sit back (mentally), relax and fill your instrument slowly with air. Now, you've done your time on cornet and earnt your promotion into the right side of the band. Don't blow it. (2 puns in a row! Peter's gotta be happy about that...)

  18. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    you mean diaphragm control ;) but don't fall into the trap that a slow airflow means less air.. its just less speed, you need more air-support to produce a nice quiet note than a loud one.

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