Kopprasch Project Continued, No. 4

Here is the next installment in my Kopprasch recording project, a set of “revolving” scales in C major.  Of course, practicing this etude in a variety of keys and with different articulations is the best way to get the most out of it.  For the large, fast leap (from g to g”), one thing that can be helpful is to imagine the leap being much smaller than it is, and use less embouchure motion.  I have found that with this leap and other similar passages, the tendency is to over-compensate at the embouchure and to under-compensate with the air speed.  If anything, I would recommend the opposite, and focus on being as efficient as possible with embouchure motion and instead dial up the airspeed to negotiate the leap. 

Although the entire study is marked “sempre staccato,” my suggestion is to not become too preoccupied with playing the notes ultra short.  If you are blowing through everything and keeping the tonguing light, the notes will come out sounding plenty short at a fast tempo.  A good goal tempo for this one is quarter=104 to 108, although you should of course practice it at much slower tempos as well.  Practicing the whole thing with a tuning drone can be very beneficial too.  If you are a regular viewer you may notice that I’m playing on a different horn in this video.  For several days last week I play tested a Hans Hoyer G10, the newest model from German instrument maker B&S.  There were several things I liked about the horn, but ultimately I ended up sending it back.  Although I wasn’t 100% satisfied with the recording I made on the G10, I decided to keep the footage because I thought it would be nice to have the comparison.  You can read more of my thoughts about the Hans Hoyer G10 here.

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