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Baritone - Posture, Hand Position, and Embouchure



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welcome back to the measures of success

video practice buddy series I'm dr. Deb

in this session we're going to show you

the best way to sit and hold your

instrument and form a winning embouchure

these things are really important for

making a great sound on the baritone

Jenna is going to demonstrate while I

take you through the process

step-by-step today you please have a

seat let's look at how she's sitting

she's sitting on the front edge of the

chair and her back is not resting on the

back of the chair so let's check that

out you see that space it's just perfect

Jeanette's feet are flat on the floor

notice how she's sitting straight and

tall if she had a music stand in front

of her she'd make sure at this point

that she had a clear view of her band

director and that's going to show you

correct positioning position and posture

again this time with the baritone ok

she's sitting straight and tall on the

front edge of the chair her feet are

flat on the floor now let's look at her

shoulders keeping her shoulders relaxed

is important when you're playing the

baritone so Jeannette could you please

show us what your shoulders look like

when they're not relaxed look at that

she's they're tight they're raised up

really not good for making good sound

good and relax them see what a

difference that makes that's great

that's a that's the position that you

want when you're playing baritone so now

she's picked up her baritone she's

supporting it on her lap if you need to

just like Jeannette needs to use a

rolled up towel or even a small pillow

on your lap to help support the baritone

let's look at Jeanette's elbows she

doesn't have them tucked away in or you

know flaring way out they're just

naturally relaxed they're comfortably

away from her sides everything is in a

natural position let's now look at her

hand position

Jeanette's left arm is coming around the

front of the baritone it's sort of

nestling the baritone and her left hand

is hanging on to the third bow slide

her right hand is going to be used for

depressing the valves the right thumb

goes inside the thumb ring there you go

right there and the right hand

fingertips rest on valve buttons one two

and three look at the curvature of

Jeanette's fingers now it's very very

natural almost looks like she might be

holding a can of soda that's the shape

that it makes everything to this point

has been pretty easy right creating a

good embouchure is also very easy the

embouchure is how you must shape your

lips and the supporting muscles in order

to get a good baritone sound so let's

watch Jeannette as she goes through her

embouchure checklist first her lips are

positioned as if she was saying hmm-hmm

then she focuses on keeping the chin

flat the corners of the lips are firmed

and the center is relaxed you won't be

able to see this but Jeannette is now

making sure that she's not clenching her

teeth she keeps the space between her

top and bottom teeth open they need to

be open so that the air can get through

so keeping the space between the top and

bottom teeth open she's now going to

blow a focused stream of air through the

center of the lips and she'll create a

buzz let's listen to that

good try that again Jeannette big breath

and a buzz

great it's pretty easy so let's try this

again let's do that along with Jeannette

ready big breath take a bus

great one more time nice thanks Jeanette

try that on your own and practice to

strengthen your embouchure in the next

video we're going to use the mouthpiece

the next measures of success video

practice buddy for the baritone focuses

on creating a good sound so check that

out on behalf of all the folks here at

fgh music and Jeanette

I'm dr. dev thanks for joining us