Arbans - Gulp

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  1. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    Paul and Philippe - thanks for the words of reasurrance - this is certainly an all encompassing methodology, one I will need to embrace it seems.
     
  2. edfitzvb

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    Just remember the joy is in the journey. Celebrate the successes along the way and don't wait for the end to savor what you have accomplished.
     
  3. Ed Lee

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    Perhaps you don't play the exercises now as well as you want to (or should) but such just doesn't prevent improvement as with time and effort will become easier ... and more fun. Yes, enjoyment is an eraser of drudgery in any task. Hey, I never could play like I wanted to but I wasn't trying to play like anyone else either.
     
  4. ltg_trumpet

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    Yeah, I have been working on characteristic study one out of this for my college audition and SHEESH, this book is a mouthful of somethin to chew on. as I flipped to the CS1, I saw in depth looks at triads and arpegiations in all keys and I thought "I never even saw this in here!" I usually practice my arpegiations without a book, but I might just flip that thing open to get those down. Arban was incredible. His music not only manages technical sense, but the phrases within are beautiful as well. I am amazed when I see that his pieces aren't just flourished scale studies, mixing in all sorts of variations on scales that would be typical! Love the arban, and to think, I hadnt heard of it before joining TM! :)
     
  5. brian moon

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    What's the reason for that?
     
  6. tobylou8

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    Phillipe, your last statement hit the nail on the head! Bravo!:bravo:
     
  7. Dale Proctor

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    That's a good way to approach the book - use it to improve areas where you're weak (double tonguing, intervals, or whatever), and challenge yourself to work out exercises/songs that first look to be impossible to play. Just skipping around the book, playing what's fun and/or what you can play well doesn't do much good, other than just getting lip time.

    Over the years, I've managed to learn to play much of what's in there, some of it up to speed, some not...;-), and a lot of it initially looked impossible to me. If you're diligent in your practice (with Arban's and other methods), it will come.
     
  8. tedh1951

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    Brian, it is simply a matter of me positioning myself, without thinking too much, so that I can see the score on the stand. I tended to look over the top of my left hand and so I seem to have "crunched" my chest and slightly obstructed my airway in the same process. I thought I'd got Dave Monettes body centering technique sorted (so I must have been bad beforehand).

    When my new tutor took over (I've not had a trainer for a while) he made some subtle changes, including the position of the music stand, the height of the bell, Arbans method, my breathing, and the interesting concept that the trumpet need not point to the conductor - which is what I was trying to do - but by aiming at the audience I gain a better view of the music.

    Life is full of little revelations isn't it?

    Funnily enough, every single observation, by my tutor, makes sense and I'm a little embarrassed that I hadn't got there on my own - the changes have all been quite small, but while my tone hasn't changed (that's good, I like my tone) my volume has and my endurance has improved. I generally fill the 2nd or occasionally the 3rd chair where my volume needs to be up a bit from what I have been playing - so, things are more goodly.
     
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  9. brian moon

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    Thanks for the clarification!
     
  10. Ed Lee

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    The current editions are 99.99% the same IMO. Perhaps some typos corrected in newer editions. When you've a good thing that works, it doesn't need changing.
     

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