There is one drawback to adopting my following suggestion: You might have to radically revise your paradigms and beliefs about embouchure function … as I am having to.
Professors and brass teachers: if you want to give your students an invaluable edge on the competitive audition circuit, better help them invest in their future and leverage their as yet unrealised potential … let me suggest you consider inviting Marcus Reynolds to give a presentation to, and then a hands on demonstration of his STRATOS Performer with your students.
BECAUSE the STRATOS Performer is simple and easy to install and use, it’s transformational potential can easily be underestimated. Reading the instructions, watching videos etc is not the same as having Marcus present (in my case Online) giving immediate directional feedback as I have now impressively experienced.
I was in Chelmsford Cathedral, the love and spirituality of Marcus’s music rained on us all leaving us all thoroughly relaxed and calm.
Just to thank you for the lovely music… it so blessed me, and moved me to tears.
I love listening to Marcus’s music – thank you. It is very soothing. If I play his CDs much more, I will wear them out.
I could have listened to Marcus all day – wonderful.
How lucky to discover vour beautiful music to share with my little French grandson and family.
Like everyone, I have many stresses, but when I play your CD they all drift away. Thank you. You made me smile again.
Great new brass book from my pal Marcus Reynolds. Extremely insightful and helpful in understanding the mechanics of sound production and effective use of air and lip position in the mouthpiece. If you want to learn how to play freely, use less resistance and produce notes with ease then buy this book. Coupled with his fantastic Stratos device and a bunch of great YouTube videos explaining how to use it properly you WILL improve your playing. Bravo Marcus highly recommended
Thank you Marcus Reynolds for the welcome post. I did laugh a lot in our session. The kind of laugh you have when you just can’t believe what you’re experiencing.
Talking with Marcus was great both personally and professionally. The session was AMAZING and the progress made in A FEW MINUTES was real and meaningful. I was both learning a lot and having a great time doing so!
Marcus helped me understand how to use the wonderful Stratos and it was totally awesome! Together with Adrian Gibson, I feel I’m on my way to becoming a much, much better player than I was before.
thank you so much!
Just want to say a huge thank you Marcus Reynolds for a fabulous session and for introducing me and my bestie Simon to the Stratos. A unique device, simple but so effective it has changed the lives of musicians all over our world and it was born out of one man’s dream. The story of one man’s incredible journey from deep despair to the annihilation of anothers defeat.
- One Dream
- One Soul
- One Prize
- One Goal
Marcus – you are a kind of magic and thank you FM for the loan.
Ok. So today is day 3 and I’m taking this painstakingly slowly. However, the book and video clips together as so simple to follow that I have no doubt as to what I should be doing, instead of feeling left to flounder as I have found with other instruction books. I have a long way to go to overcome the fear and resulting wobble as I pick up my trumpet, but I can feel improvement already and look forward to the day ahead. It really makes sense and I wish I’d learnt to play this way from the beginning. Sense, clarity, joy! Can’t praise Marcus enough for his perseverance giving me the chance to start afresh too.
I had another session with Marcus last week. We have been working on rebuilding my embouchure after I split my lip badly. Marcus has been brilliant at helping me strengthen the muscles and get my high register back, but recently he has been pushing me. He says he is nit picking and working to make sure I don’t just get back what I lost, but I come through this better than ever. We have been focusing on me not moving my embouchure and it us starting to bear fruit. Much better transitions between notes and far fewer splits.
Looking forward to future sessions.
As an educator and a trombone player, I was so amazed with the STRATOS as a beneficial aid for the chops (lips) that every brass player should have. I believe this to be an invaluable tool for busy educators like myself. I would recommend it to all brass students.
I want one and I want it now
STRATOS is particularly useful in my warm-up, to focus my mind on the basics of a good embouchure set-up. Really useful … a great bit of kit