Chase Sanborn is an engaging modern jazz trumpet voice with a warm, inviting tone, fluid lyrical phrasing, and a style that always swings. He exhibits the cultivated sensibility of a player at the peak of his powers.
Music Business Tactics is an easy and enjoyable read that provides sound, practical advice. If you are an aspiring musician, or you know one, get this book! You need this information!
Chase Sanborn goes right to the heart and soul of the music. His performance was an inspiration to hundreds of festival participants, and his positive and upbeat outlook made a lasting impact on our students
Jazz Tactics presents the material in such a clear and simple way, with the vitality and spirit of a live teaching session. This method speaks to all musicians, regardless of age and previous experience.
Chase addresses the needs of developing musicians in a manner that is understandable and relevant. My students were thrilled to work with someone who understands their learning curve.
Tuning Tactics teaches you to listen. In just a short time, I've witnessed strong improvement in my students' awareness. Tuning Tactics makes good intonation attainable for all!
Chase Sanborn has a natural gift for engaging and involving an audience. He shares a wealth of honest and knowledgeable information about music and the music business.
Brass Tactics offeres authoritative instruction balanced with sage and homely advice. It shows you how to handle yourself in any professional or amateur situation. No trumpet player should be without this book!

Efficiency vs. Brute Force

When the baseball player hits the ball, energy is transferred from the player to the ball, via the bat. How far the ball travels is determined not only by the strength of the player, but also by his or her ability to effectively transfer energy. The ‘sweet spot’ on the bat is where the transfer of energy is most efficient. The brass player also deals with transfer of energy. The lips are set unto vibration by the force of air, that energy is transferred to the horn, and sound emanates.

An efficient brass player converts each bit of air into lip vibration, producing maximum results for a given amount of effort. Playing feels relatively easy and pleasurable. The inefficient player wastes energy trying to overcome poor playing habits with brute force. When brute force trumps efficiency the sound is forced and choked, range and endurance suffer, and playing seems like a struggle. The brute force player is bound to encounter problems down the road. Eventually the ‘gears’ will need to be rebuilt.

Efficiency is best developed at soft playing dynamics. With a small amount of air travelling past the lips, an inefficient embouchure setting will simply not vibrate. Many of the strongest brass players advocate practicing quietly to make sure proper playing habits are instilled.

Brass players are often encouraged to ‘relax’ while playing. This concept can be difficult to grasp because playing a brass instrument is clearly a physical activity that requires muscular exertion. The key is to relax muscles that are not directly involved in the production of sound, eliminating unnecessary sources of tension in the body. Picture a slow motion video of a great runner back at slow speed. Despite the high degree of muscular exertion, there is a sense of relaxation or ease. From this smooth flow of energy comes the phrase ‘ease of the athlete’.

Developing a more efficient approach to playing your horn will reap benefits in every area of playing. Try to be loose and flexible and allow your body to find the easiest way to produce the sound.

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