Playing Quiet

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!!!!


Thanks

Ben
 

HBB

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

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.
 

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!
 

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.
 

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.
 

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:
 

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...)

Ted
 

Aidan

Active Member
lynchie said:
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!
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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