ERIC Number: ED052218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
The Improvement of Brass Instrument Teaching Through the Use of a Profile of the Physical Aspects Involved. Final Report.
Nichols, Russell L.; And Others
To aid in providing a sounder methodological program in the teaching of trumpet playing, a study was made of the profiles of physical parameters involved in playing the instrument. Data were collected while beginning, intermediate, or advanced players performed scales in F, D, and B-flat and two etudes in both staccato and legato. The means used to record the data were: audio recording of sound; graphic representation of sound; measurement of air pressure and a graphic representation of these recordings; measurement of air flow and graphic representation of these recordings; and anatomic cine X-rays of the larnyx during sound reproduction. The results are related to pressure control, absolute pressures, sound volume, and the importance of the vocal chord. Recommendations to teachers are that: (1) particular attention be given to achieving pharyngeal air pressure control in beginning students; (2) less effort needs to be given by the beginning players to achieving high pressure volume; (3) an increase in volume of air pressure will not necessarily lead to an increase of volume in the production of sound, but rather, it is through precise pressure variations and correlations between vocal chord and mouth region; and control movements of the true vocal chord are the most important for the production of sound and sound interruption in trumpet playing. (DB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Weber State Coll., Ogden, UT.