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Now I want to talk to you about your
throat position, making sure that your
throat is nice and open when you play.
We've been talking a lot in the school
about making sure that when you're
producing your sound.
That your air is moving forward, that
you're supporting your air and that you're
supporting from your embouchure,
that your embouchure is set correctly,
went through a lot of those
kinds of exercises as well.
I wanna make sure that your throat is
included in the equation as we go.
So very simple, just wanna make sure
essentially that your throat is nice and
open, and not blocking or
constricting the air from your
diaphragm when you're playing.
So, very, very simple.
You know, and people just say,
I remember teachers in school.
For me they'd say, hey, open your throat.
Open your throat when you play,
what are you doing?
And I would have no idea how to do that?
What do you mean?
All you have to do is imagine either
speaking in a low voice like this,
see what it feels like in
your throat to speak low?
Do your Barry White impression?
Or sing, sing your lowest note.
[SOUND] like that.
So that feeling, [SOUND] makes
a big difference in your sound.
So you're not actually
speaking when you play.
You're actually making any kinda sound.
You're not singing.
But you're using the same
position as if you were.
So, if I play without opening my throat,
I'll sound more like this.
Then when I concentrate on opening
the sound really broadens.
Okay so make
sure your throat's
nice and open.
It really helps with high notes,
so I know if I go for a G.
[SOUND] And the note just doesn't
come out, nine times out of ten,
I'll just say,
I forgot to open my throat and.
[SOUND] Basically,
the only difference that I'm doing right
there is just either opening or
closing off my throat.
It's that drastic.
So again, having your throat open
just allows you to have a nice,
open flow of air.
And, just broadens your sound,
so either on long tones,
that'd be a good idea actually,
or just to implement this idea.
While you're practicing your long tones
during perhaps my top secret warm
up exercise which you see there
in my intermediate curriculum.
Implement this, make sure that you're
again opening your throat all the time.
And be really aware of the pitfall
of letting your pitch drop.
So often especially when you first start
doing this you open your throat but
then everything opens up and
you bring your lower jaw down.
So don't do that.
Just make sure that this action of
opening your throat is isolated and
it's not affecting your embouchure or
your lower jaw.
Sometimes when we open our
lower throat we tend to go.
You don't wanna do that, do you?
So you wanna make sure that
when you're playing you,
again when you're opening your throat,
you're not opening your jaw.
You're not changing anything here,
this is all staying the same obviously.
Just open down here.
And don't let it affect
your pitch, only the sound.
All right, so if you've got any
questions about that, let me know.
Shoot me a question on the forum,
or shoot me a video.
Let me hear what you're doing.
And I'd love to hear it and
make some comments for you.
All righty, there you go.