Megumi Kanda Master Class at LSU

What a great master class with Milwaukee Symphony principal trombonist Megumi Kanda! A big thanks to LSU trombone professor Hana Beloglavec for inviting the UL trombones. We had a great time working with Megumi and hearing some great trombone playing! I wanted to share some notes from the class. As I have before, I find Megumi’s story very inspirational and teaching to be full of information.

Megumi Kanda Master class

LSU

November 15, 2019

TONE PRODUCTION

Application of a flutter tongue and a free buzz can help to achieve the air support you need for success.

  • Pushing the lips forward instead of out helps to get a better buzz.
  • Slightly pushing the corners down rather than out
    • especially in a free buzz situation
    • Should never free buzz for more than five minutes in a day.
  • The idea of using the muscles around the lips instead of the lips to make a buzz

HIGH RANGE TIPS

  • motion of moving downward instead of applying pressure to the upper lip.  
    • This works as a training wheel for the shift in octaves.  
  • The image of a trampoline spring boarding to the upper notes 
  • Crescendo into lower register notes 
    • maintaining air support for those registers.
  • Octave lip slur exercise in Daily Routine
    • Spring board from lower note to higher note
    • Sub divide the lower note, providing direction and energy to the upper note

BREATHING TUBES…

  • Exercise: hands on abdomen and lower back to check the breathing.  Breathing tube should help the shape: same shape with the tube out of your mouth as in.  Try this at 90 degree upper body angle, 45, and upright.

LONG TONES

  • Use long tones daily
  • Remington preferred the return to “tonic” (in handout)
  • Sometimes the physical motion gets in the way, work to eliminate

RECOMMENDED STUDIES

  • Remington (but not the whole book, every day)
  • Marsteller (flexibility)

THOUGHTS ON PERFORMANCE ANXIETY AND OVERDOING PRACTICE

  • Be aware that everyone gets nervous
    • Find ways to control/ convert that energy
    • Fear or failing should not drive performance. Excitement of performing is the drive.

THOUGHTS ON THE TROMBONE WORLD

  • Always be nice, you never know who will be in the audience
    • Examples of horn teacher for 15 years back, LSU trombone prof, etc. 

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