Practice: 3, Lessons: 1. My day was slightly off-set at the beginning due to even more car problems. I was going to wait until Friday morning to take my car in, but was starting to smell burning rubber every time I drove it, and the check engine light came on, so I did what I thought was safest. The shop is waiting on a part before they can do all the work, but hopefully I’ll get it back sometime today. Yesterday Mike was kind enough to lend me his car so I could get down to Fullerton.
I had a fantastic first lesson with Håkan. Points emphasized: Practice slow, not to become more aware of finger timing, but to zoom in on the way the air is used. There should never be any unconscious, not-motivated-by-music usages of the air.
While I was doing that later in the day, I became aware that I was unconsciously using my embouchure expressively. If the music was soft or in a very non-resistant register, I would loosen my embouchure because I didn’t strictly need the same kind of strength in order to get an acceptable sound. This is counter-productive. The embouchure is not an expressive tool- if anything, altering it based on whether I absolutely need it to be strong, only makes my playing less flexible. Becoming aware of this is definitely a move forward.