Professor Corno: Work Out Your Low Range
Our topic this week is the low range.
You know who you are; your low range is not good enough. Why don’t you work it out? Maybe work it into your warm-up or something?
Oh, it is hard to play, so you don’t work on it. That makes total sense — if you don’t want to play horn well. But if you are reading this maybe you care a bit and want to get better? Even hoping to achieve the status of an international superstar?
A story might illustrate this for those that don’t yet have the memo. One player I know, he thought of himself as being a low horn player. He started taking auditions, any audition, because there were not a lot of positions open. The surprising thing was he started advancing in auditions and doing the best in high horn auditions, eventually winning a high horn position. Why? Because he learned the FULL range of the horn.
Another player I know, she thought of herself as a high horn player. Same story though, eventually won a low horn audition. Why? They learned the full range of the horn. It all needs to be good to win a job.
First horn may be where the money is, but to win a first horn job you need a great low range. Section playing even, you can’t aspire to be a section player and win a job. You need to think bigger and master it all. Sound like a superstar.
Back to that warm-up and what you practice. If your low range stinks and you know it, even if your teachers don’t push you, push yourself if you want to get somewhere on the horn. Think big and master that low range folks.