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Lip Flexibility Preparatory Exercises
Part Three

The concluding exercises in this series, numbers 8 - 10, continue to demand slightly more flexibility. Notice, however, that crossing from one overtone to another is made somewhat easier by the fact that the valves change during most (but not all) of the slurs. Breaking the air column with a valve change is slightly easier than slurring between overtones using the same fingering. For example, in the last measure of exercise no. 8, it would be slightly easier to play this using 2-3 valves for the E-flat rather than going between C-flat and E-flat using the normal fingering of middle valve.

It is my hope that this series of exercises be a beneficial preparation to those who are having some difficulty in remaining physically relaxed while attempting more difficult lip flexibility exercises.

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