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Ah, I see. So far I have actually been using tabs because that's what I started with. I know the basics of sheet music though, so would you recommend that I switch primarily to that instead? I suppose it would definitely help with improving my rhythm if I did so. As for articulation, I'll just have to practice what you said. Thank you for your kind advice!Ocypode wrote:I cannot vouch for the rhythm and pitch (I'm still working on it), but I hear you articulate each notes sharply, just like what I used to do. I suggest you try to change the articulation between notes (try pronouncing "d" and "t" for sharp articulation "l" or "r" for softer ones and try also not to articulate at all)
Most others on this site are better than I and will probably give you better advice. One piece of advice I found quite useful in my case is by Pandorado100 who told my to do as if I was singing. I'm applying her advice, and I think I improved my playing since.
Also, are you working based on tabs or music sheet? tabs gives no indication of rhythm or articulation at al. Music sheet barely gives not that much info on the articulation. I think the best way to do is to hear the piece played by a woodwind instrument, to understand how it should be played.
Did you have any trouble with the softer articulation sounding a bit--airy? Whenever I use the "l" sound instead of "tu" the notes sound kind of...well, bad. Will that just get better with more practice? Honestly, it's making me feel a little self-conscience about my playing now, lol.Ocypode wrote:I do think that music sheets are a more effective way to read music, The concept is truly easy in the C major scale, it's just "the next dot is half a line above, ok, I uncover one more hole".
For accidentals, it may take a little more time, for me, I discovered them progressively while discovering new tunes.
Finally, I think it is easier to scan through a music sheet than tabs, because you have the tempo and you can actually see the shape of the melody (not in tabs, not directly). So if you forgot what the melody was like in the middle of a practice session, you don't loose too much time finding the place where you got stuck.
That makes sense. I've also been experimenting with other types of articulation now. "Gu" and "Lu" in particular are becoming two of my favorites, actually.Ocypode wrote:Oups, I thought I answered before...
I definitively had problems when I tried to do softer articulation. At first, I was not even at at the correct pitch. I'm still ironing out details, but most of the problems I had at first are gone. Overall, I'd say my playing improved compared to when I did strong articulation between each note. More importantly, I find it more interesting and funny to try new things with articulation, it's almost like singing, except I have better chance to have the right pitch