I’m asking this question in the hope that Luke will answer, but I also welcome responses from anyone and everyone.
I’m still working on Module 3 in Beginner to Boss, so I haven’t gotten to the tongue-blocking section yet. However, out of curiosity, I watched a video about it and started messing around with it, and I feel like I’ve got the basics of it. I see it as having a couple of advantages for me:
It’s way easier to conserve and control my air on blow notes. I was struggling with that with the pucker technique – I’d get to places where I felt like I had to just let it all out, but wouldn’t because I knew that would screw up that note, I had more I needed to play, etc.
I produce much cleaner notes with it. I’ve recorded myself on the iPhone both ways and there’s no doubt whatsoever that the tongue-blocking sounds better.
Is it okay for me to continue with this, or should I stick it out with the pucker until I actually reach the tongue-blocking module?