Weekly Trumpet Tips 5/31/11

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Fiala’s Latest Crazy Exercise (Video)

Below is a video of another crazy exercise that you can add to the nut list I’ve created over the years.  New ways to continue to gain more control and usability out of your upper register.


Tip #2 – Endurance / Range Builder Ala Arban’s Book!

I figured that I was on a roll today with the whole upper register thing again, so I thought this would be yet another appropriate tip to help you develop not only the use of your upper register, but increase your endurance.  It’s been my personal experience that range is actually more tied to endurance rather than the other way around.  By building more endurance (in all registers) the more strength and stamina you’ll build to increase your range (with proper technique).

By opening up (perhaps dusting off first in some cases) your trusty Arban’s book to page 14, you’ll see exercises #15, etc.  Very simple quarter note, half note, whole note exercises – but exactly what we need to be able to accomplish more endurance!  Some of rules of engagement…

1) Set a metronome to 60 beats per minute

2) Once you set to play, don’t remove the horn from your lips until you’re completely done

3) Breathe as necessary – just try to do it through your nose vs. removing the mouthpiece and resetting

4) Play #15 & 16 where they’re written.  Play #17 up an octave from written (as best as you can).  #18 where written, #19 up, etc.  Alternate octaves to utilize all ranges.

5) Once you’re baked (can’t play anymore),  take AT LEAST an hour off the horn.  Come back and do pedal tones – nothing more.

This is a VERY invasive exercise.  I wouldn’t really recommend doing this more than 2 – 3 times per week.  IF you have a performance in the same week, once would be sufficient!  It’s an isometric exercise designed to tear down the muscles in the embouchure and the aperture.  The resting period is actually what will make you stronger (just like weight lifting).

We hope you’re enjoying the weekly tips (complete with crazy exercises and misspellings) and would love to hear from you!

“It’s not what you do once in a while; it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.”

Jenny Craig
Co-Founder of Jenny Craig Weight Loss

Have a GREAT week!