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Eliminate Throat Tension for a More Resonant Sound


Throat tension and resonance often go hand in hand, particularly in challenging sections with larger leaps. Callie discusses some approaches for reducing throat tension:

  • Practice humming the notes to feel the resonance in the face
  • Breathing: visualize filling up from the bottom and back of the rib cage
  • Establish a relaxed posture before starting to play
  • Inadequate wind force contributes to throat tension. Practice practice “buzzing” for relaxation and air support
  • Experiment with “flutter tonguing” as a practice technique to loosen up your throat

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