Weekly Trumpet Tips 7/25/10

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Tips!

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Here are your Tips!

Tip #1 – How Small Is Your Aperture?

Your aperture is the key to clear tone, upper register, lower register, loud volume, soft volume, and everything in between.  Your aperture is also the key to poor range, poor control, and most of the problems involved with trumpet playing.

The smaller you can keep your aperture without tensing it up, the more you’ll be able to control your range, tone, volume, quality of sound, and endurance.  For this very reason, I play the smallest diameter mouthpiece that I can comfortably play (.600) and have found great success with it.

How soft can you play?  How defined is your sound when you attempt to play soft?  Are you stuck in the 3C mentality of bigger is better?

Tip #2 – Triple Tongue Exercises Anyone?

Try this exercise for a week… Page 155 in the Arbans book (triple tonguing section) – Play the entire page single tongue (front part of your tongue).  Rest a few minutes, then do the same thing all “GAH” or “KAH” (back of your tongue).  This is very taxing upon the first few attempts, but the more you do it, the faster your tongue gets, the clearer your articulation gets, and the clearer you can perform various styles… the hardest part is sticking to it!  We’re not actually “triple tonguing” yet, but it makes both parts of your tongue strong and consistent.

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

Mary Pickford
1893-1979, Actress and Producer

Have a GREAT week!


Keith Fiala