endurance building?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Myshilohmy, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. Myshilohmy

    Myshilohmy Pianissimo User

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    So I'm preparing for drum corps and I am struggling with endurance a little in the ballad and a lot in the closer. I usually practice all the music I have every day which usually takes about an hour and the closer I usually get really tired. It's all pretty loud so that might be it, but I'm not playing full volume at home to save my chops and I still struggle. Any advice? If I have to spend 20 minutes on lip slurs after everything, any recommended lip slurs I should do?
     
  2. Mamba21500

    Mamba21500 Piano User

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    Stop playing all the music through, practice what you can't play. Play really quietly, a lot. And do loads of lip slurs, you can find them easily on the internet.
     
  3. trumpetman41

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    Don't forget to rest your chops as much as you play. 15 minutes playing, rest fifteen minutes. Corps folks don't really understand what your chops have to go through. Most don't like to rest either.You don't have to play loud, as the horn will carry more than you know..Mamba21500 is right on..
    Enjoy your corp time...
     
  4. Myshilohmy

    Myshilohmy Pianissimo User

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    Any specific lip slurs you would recommend?
     
  5. trumpetman41

    trumpetman41 Pianissimo User

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    Myshilohmy:
    I'll give you 2 books that will help..
    Max Schlossberg-Daily Drills and Technical Studies
    and Hickman Music Editions 15 Advanced Embouchure Studies by David Hickman
    Regents' Professor of Trumpet, Arizona State University...
    Ask your trumpet teacher if you are using one.
    These can be practiced VERY Loud, or Very Soft. Your choice.
    They will help develop a stronger embouchure and endurance.
     
  6. SpiritDCI08

    SpiritDCI08 Piano User

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    endurance and drum corps goes hand and hand
    your brass caption head will always throughly warm you up
    if you still need more of a warm up get a b.e.r.p
    if you need a rest then sit out a rep
    "corps folk" do in fact understand the concept of rest.
    you will not play all day in season
    you generally will only play after lunch and you will have plenty of rests
    buy some chop savers and some DCT
    relax when they tell you too and do not play if you don't have to

    hope you have fun with your DCI career
     
  7. sachamo512

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    I think the only way to build real endurance is to wear your chop out, until they are completely exhausted. I know this goes against what alot of other players will tell you, but it works for me, especially with range endurance issues. Back when I was working on high C, I found that I could only play that high for a few minutes (at best) before I became too tired. So I spent about a week where all I did was play high C and hold it for as long as I could. By the end of the week, C was alot easier to play, and my lips didn't get tired nearly as quickly. I'm sure the same thing would work for you

    -Something one of my teachers said a while back

    Hope that makes sense! Repetition is the key to endurance
     

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