Weekly Trumpet Tips 4/15/14

The Shadow

The Shadow

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Tip #1 – The Warm Up That I Saw…

Last week I got a question as to what was Maynard’s Warm Up Routine.  Most knew him as picking up his horn last minute and screaming out a bunch of high shakes.  But the real truth that I saw during the time I spent with him was that he did a little mouthpiece buzzing on / off.  I don’t have specific time lengths (and quite honestly I don’t think he did either) for any one routine.  After mouthpiece buzzing he would put his harmon mute in (all in the hotel room) and play a little VERY softly.  The things that I heard him playing were scales, melodies, and even a little improv stuff… but taking frequent breaks.

If I had to put a time on it – he started buzzing late morning.  Then would start playing a little as he was getting ready to be picked up for the show.  Once at the venue, he would then start to increase his warm up.  It wasn’t until about 45 minutes out from “GO” time that I heard him really start railing high stuff.

Because we never sat down and actually discussed his warm up, I can’t get anymore specific than what I witnessed during my time with him.  He did tell me stories that he had gained the reputation as the guy that never had to warm up back in the Birdland days playing in NYC.  He was living 45 minutes away from the venue, and would drive in.  All the while – buzzing his mouthpiece… he said that Miles was always amazed as to how he could literally run into the club, removing his horn from the case on the way to the stage and soar like an eagle.  He always got a big kick out of that memory…

Tip #2 – Clarke Studies – #4 for Range / Endurance…

If you don’t have a “Clarke Technical Studies for Cornet” book, STOP!  GO GET ONE!  Not only is this book great for your technique, but there are 1001 other uses for it as well.  No – that does not include replacing your toilet paper…

The exercise I want to point out to you today is #4… it’s original intention is to help the player overcome difficulties with the full step trills.  I.E. F# to G# on top of the staff, etc.  These can be quite tricky to do and are a great exercise “as written.”  But here’s the fun part – well, I’ll let you be the judge.

The exercise starts off very low – low F#, etc.  So I typically begin on #77 (page 18).  The reasoning for this is it starts to put me into the tricky trills right off.  The book takes you to a Db above high C.  What I do is continue upward by turning back to page 17 and playing #74 an octave up.  I continue in this fashion until I’m wiped out.  Be sure to rest amply between each exercise.  You’ll need it the higher you go!  Have fun!

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Have a GREAT week!