Double High C in 37 Weeks

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by tatakata, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. tatakata

    tatakata Mezzo Forte User

    May 29, 2007
    Does anyone own this book? I always wanted to take a look at it :-)
  2. screamingmorris

    screamingmorris Mezzo Forte User

    Apr 4, 2007
    I think that was the book that inspired a joke when I was a teenager back in the 1970's:

    "I'm in my 36th week and I can only play a top-line F.
    I can hardly wait till next week!"
  3. dlewis

    dlewis Piano User

    Nov 22, 2006
    This is a real old book from the 1970s mix of Claude Gordon and Max Schlossberg not worth the money
  4. derekkress

    derekkress Pianissimo User

    Oct 8, 2007
    Montreal Qc Canada
    Anyone with a good solid highC can learn how to expand one's range.I believe in one method only and that of Claude Gordon's teachings.There were no shortcuts in his method and if you could hook up with one of his former student's it would be best.Check out Trumpet And Brass Lessons Done Over Live Video Chat By Jeff Purtle, Authority On The Claude Gordon Method Of Brass Playing Also contrary to what is believed out there the world does not need a superhuman trumpet player. Well rounded yes, but it is o.k. if one can't improvise like a Clifford Brown, have Maurice Andre chops, scream like a Maynard or Arturo, play solid lead like an Arnie,Roger or Wayne and be artistically creative like Miles all at once.It seems everybody's website or myspace evokes this quest. Funny when we analyze what we enjoy the most it is the uniqueness of the individual. What they bring to the table as artists.If you want to play high you will, if you want to have classical chops you will, if you want to improvise you will but eventually you will have to focus your energy on the part of the art that you wish to be an artist.Good luck!
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I own, have used and can attest to the books seriousness. It focuses on getting pressure off of the face and if diligently practiced WITH a teacher that understands what is going on, can lead to success. It is one of the exercize books that I still pull out and play when I have things in the stratosphere on my playing schedule. It is not a DIY method!
    I am sure that there are other good books out there. The book doth not a double C make! That is true of any other method though!
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  6. BergeronWannabe

    BergeronWannabe Piano User

    Feb 6, 2007
    Yes, I own it and it has worked wonders! I don't use it every other day
    like it suggests- but I like the routine, tempo markings, and exercises.
    Also, Rowuk is correct in everything he said.
  7. Keegan Katastrofee

    Keegan Katastrofee New Friend

    Dec 26, 2007
    I say...
    Schlosshberg and Arban's

    i've been playing for nearly 4 years, and for the first 3, i barely practiced

    however, in the last 3 months or so of practicing using Schloschberg and Arban's methods, i've extended my range litterally from a high G (right above the staff) to a Bb (in between first and second ledger lines) comfortably, and i can hit a C# above the staff (second ledger line)

    if you need to get hgih, just practice alot
    use scales going up
    but don't overdo it
    and ALWAYS go back down
    you don't wanna lose your low range

    also, try lip slurs, those work well
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2007
  8. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    I know some seriously good trumpeters who have benefited from the method. It does, however, ask that the student practice nothing but the method for the 37 weeks. This can lead to a player able to hit strong double C's, but lacking in sound and good musical taste. 37 weeks can be a long time; this method, while not a joke, demands a serious investment and careful consideration before starting.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2007
  9. clousemiester

    clousemiester Pianissimo User

    Jun 10, 2007
    Boca Raton
    39 weeks is normal gestation! He, He
  10. John Mohan

    John Mohan Pianissimo User

    Aug 11, 2004
    It's ironic that the one reference I saw in this thread to the most important aspect of "Double High C in 37 Weeks", the every-other-day approach the book takes, was written by somebody just to say he ignores that aspect of the book.

    "Double High C In 37 Weeks" takes the seminal research on "periodization" in exercise kineology of Tudor Bompa , the man responsible for the domination of the Eastern-Bloc in the Olympics for 30 years, and applies it to range, power and endurance building on trumpet. For the player who's only concern is said development of r, p and e, it's the holy grail.

    That said, for the person who wants to become an artist, in essence, a player with great range, power and endurance, a more... "Systematic Approach" is better.


    John Mohan
    14 Year Student of Claude Gordon
    Retired Pro Trumpet Player
    Biomedical Engineering Major at Illinois Institute of Technology
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2009

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