Forum Contributor 2016, Distinguished SOTW Member
Wow! That's a cool way to describe it. I have never heard that one before. I'm gonna use that!! Thanks!Poorly matched equipment to the player will always be a hindrance. But the equipment issue is the least of the problems here. It's about air support and bracing your gut to get more economy from your air stream, and ultimately, a better tone.
The experiment is easy. You can do it while you're sitting at your computer. Pretend you're holding your horn and without doing anything to your stomach muscles, blow out like you would play an extended note. Doesn't last long, does it? Now brace your gut as if you're about to get punched and try again. Voila. See the difference?