Clarke Technical vs Characteristic Studies

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  1. LiquidSean

    LiquidSean Pianissimo User

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    Hello all,

    I am looking for a new trumpet method book to sink some practice time into. :D
    From what I've heard, the Clarke Studies are really good method books.
    As I was browsing browsing on Amazon, I noticed that there are two different versions.... Technical and Characteristic.

    So my question is, what is the difference? :dontknow: From what I understand, the Characteristic studies are more challenging, right? Which one do you all use? If you say both, which one do you utilize more?

    Thanks,
    Sean :play:
     
  2. Pete

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    Clarke's Characteristic Studies has solos/etudes as played by Clarke, and a few other pages on technique. The Clarke's Tech Studies are used to work on technique, breath control, etc. The Tech Studies are challenging also, and many players, incuding myself, use this book. So the Tech Studies book should be first, in order for you to apply the acquired skills to approach the Characteristic Studies book with some level of skill required to play them.
     
  3. Carroll W. Schroeder

    Carroll W. Schroeder Pianissimo User

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    Regardless of witch book you use you should have a quality teacher show you how to use it,you will learn and grow so much faster. my teacher has showed me so much on how to use the scales to improve my technique and breath control. And just get really involved with using it as a tool.
     
  4. trickg

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    I have both - the technical exercises are just that - exercises that are structured in a systematic way to work various aspects of your technique. The Characteristic studies contain etudes and solos that are designed to incorporate the musical aspect of playing the trumpet while utilizing the finer points of technique that have already been built.

    Just my opinion, it's good to have them both, but if I was only going to spend the money for one of them, I'd get the Technical Studies book because I actually work out of that, and I rarely touch my Characteristics studies book,even though I should.
     
  5. uatrmpt

    uatrmpt Piano User

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    If you don't mind dropping some coin, you can get the book "Clarke Studies" from Hickman Musical Editions.

    Description:
    [Includes all 4 of Clarke’s instruction books for cornet or trumpet: Elementary Studies, Technical Studies, Characteristic Studies, and Setting Up Drills. Also included are 8 pages of suggested practice routines for maximum results by David Hickman.] This price is almost half the cost of ordering the four Clarke books separately from other publishers!

    Price: $27.00
     
  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree with this approach - great deal!
     
  7. VetPsychWars

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    I have Elementary, Technical, and Characteristic from my grandfather's collection of music. What's in "Setting Up Drills"?

    Tom
     
  8. jeff_purtle

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    Clarke's Technical Studies, Then and Now

    That's an article that explains how the teaching of Herbert L. Clarke and Claude Gordon are essentially identical. It also shows the original text and how it's important to get the author's original intended meaning in context.
     
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