Weekly Trumpet Tips 8/2/16

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Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

(1) Warming Up – The Do’s & Don’ts!

(2) Warm Up Video

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Tip #1 – Warming Up – The Do’s & Don’ts!

Hey Guys & Gals,

First let me express a heartfelt THANK YOU to those of you who responded to Tip #2 last week… the future of weekly tips.  I was humbled and honored to hear that these tups are actually seen as beneficial and looked forward to.  The last thing I want to do is be a part of what I don’t enjoy getting myself… SPAM!  Ooh… and telemarketing calls on a Saturday night during a date with my wife!

This week, I wanna discus warm ups… things I feel have benefits as well as things I used to do what would send me into a tailspin!  I use stages or playing sessions and break up things… so my warm up is stretched over hours in a day.  Here’s what it looks like… now…

One of the first things I do DAILY that I feel is beneficial to loosening / conditioning of the vibrating tissue that we use to play.  As well as help me get my head wrapped around the concept of air… how to use it and how to not abuse the chops in lieu of air.  I do pedal tones… but over the years I’ve modified my approach to them.  Playing down arpeggios into the pedals is great, and I still use this tool, but I take it a step further by playing down an arpeggio and back up using a major scale – and then back down to the pedal tone.  I’ll post a quick video to go along with this tip so that you can hear what I’m talking about…

The second thing I do is utilize the Clarke Studies, various scale patterns and jazz licks I’m working on.  But I limit how high up I go… I do NOT play into the upper register till later in the day.  I may also play either a classical etude or do some play-a-long jazz playing.  Again… I take frequent and long breaks.  If my chops are feeling okay or I wanna push things a bit, I’ll group these activities pretty much in the same session.

After a good break… roughly 2 to 3 hours, I’ll start pushing range.  I’ve talked about this in the past, but I tend to use shakes or tongue trills with breaks in between.  Typically I’m pushing my range up above Double C these days, so I work to achieve E’s and G’s above.  Once feeling pretty rested, I’ll play a major scale up to E or G above Double C, and start connecting scales coming down chromatically… I.E.  E major scale 2 octaves UP to E above Dbl. C, Eb Major DOWN 2 octaves, D UP, C# DOWN, etc.  Taking breaks to get my vision back when necessary…

For gigs, I modify things slightly… I don’t push too hard during a warm up because I want to have enough left for the show… but I still go through the same basic drills daily!

Tip #2 – Warm Up Video

Here’s what I do for pedal tones… try it out!

Have a GREAT week!

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