During one of my lesson with my good friend at the University of Iowa, John pointed out the fact that I was doing my upward slurs the hard way and proceeded to give me instructions to correct this weakness.
As I played, he said that I was playing the top note too loud. To me it seems logical to do until he played it his way. To my mind, he had just done the impossible! After his explanation and encouragement, I was playing upward slurs with the best….. or at least better than when I walked into his studio that day.
Here is what he told me.
Play strong on the low note and soften to the higher note.
Below I have included exercises for you to try as well as a recording to practice with.
If you want to give credit to someone for showing you this simple trick, please give credit to John.
If it doesn’t work you can blame me.