Cat Anderson’s “20 minute G” exercise

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by The Kraken, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. acebone

    acebone New Friend

    Dec 26, 2006
    Copenhagen, Denamark
    I've been doing it on and off, but right now I'm doing it everyday.

    What I perceive is that my embouchure picks up 'muscle-memory' on how to produce notes without pressure.

    Although I'd like a lot of range, it's not something that I work on as a goal in itself, but doing the 20min G certainly makes me sound better and use less effort in playing.

    I did a blogpost on the warm-up, and in that post I supply a 20 min. backing track that might make the warm-up a little more fun to play.

    The backing track is in E-minor (Bb-instr), and when I play it I play down G-F#-E- up - F#-G-A-Bb-B-C-C#-D-D#-E and then down again, In other words, all chromatic notes except F which is b9 and G# which is maj 3 on E-minor.

    This activates the muscles holding the embouchure, and the better you are at holding your chops, the less pressure you need to produce a tone.

    In short: I'm all for it :)

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