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You can do exercise while driving the car, pacing around the room, or walking the dog. Do bear in mind, though, that when playing the horn or other wind instrument we are sitting, or standing, fairly still. Don’t become a walking-breathing ‘junkie’! Exercise #1C: (Without mouthpiece); Time: 1 - 2 minutes. Buzz several up- and- down glissandi starting around middle G. Try to finish on a moderately high or a low note that you can sustain for at least a few seconds. ‘Hear’ a middle note. E.g. middle G, A or F, then buzz it, sustained, for 5-10 seconds. Start with the tongue. When the pitch feels secure, slur it a few times. Look in the mirror, trying to maintain the ‘moderately smiling pucker’ setting; try to avoid spreading the corners. Buzz the lowest note you can manage until the breath runs out. “ “ highest note “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ Rest for 30seconds Exercise #1D: WITH MOUTHPIECE: Time: 2 - 3 minutes. Place a forefinger about halfway over the narrow end of the mouthpiece so as to simulate some of the horn’s resistance. Then proceed with this exercise: Repeat all of exercise #1C, but buzzing on the mouthpiece. Think of (and apply) firstly ‘minimum’ then ‘moderate’ pressure. Watch the corners of the mouth! Don’t spread them! Rest for 30seconds. PRE-WARM UP ENDS HERE. If the maximum suggested times have been followed, this will have taken about 12 minutes. Minimum time should be about 9 minutes NB: OPTIONAL THERAPY: For a very tired or strained embouchure. Exercise #0: If you have had a heavy playing session the previous day or night, and if the lip feels really sore, stiff or bruised, precede all the above with this very effective ‘natural’ cure: Take 2 clean kitchen bowls or saucepans, and  

Tony Halstead horn warm up