Lesson 3 of Time Expressions introduces two more dynamic markings that will require you to expand your dynamic range. When you play very soft and very loud, make sure to always maintain a good tone. Scroll down for sample practice exercises from lesson 3 of the Time Expressions book.
The exercises in this lesson begin with the extreme contrast of immediately switching back and forth between pianissimo and fortissimo. To make an effective contrast, try playing as softly as you can and as loudly as you can while sustaining a good tone. For wind and brass players, that means breathing deeply and maintaining a steady, focused embouchure.
Part 1 - Dynamics
Lesson 1 - Big Contrasts - Piano and Forte
Lesson 2 - Moderate Contrasts - Mezzo Piano and Mezzo Forte
Lesson 3 - Extended Range - Pianissimo and Fortissimo
Lesson 4 - Gradual Changes - Crescendo and Decrescendo