Exercise book suggestions for a comeback player

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  1. dwindham

    dwindham Pianissimo User

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    I'm a comeback player after playing for 7 years growing up and its been 12 years since I played actively.

    I need some exercises to build back up the lip strength, tongueing, etc.

    Thanks.
     
  2. ldwoods

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    Unless you are/were a "natural", I would suggest the Balanced Embouchure, by Jeff Smiley. Do a web search and you can find his site and more info.

    Other than that, every trumpet player needs to torture themselves with Arban and of course work on all that "simple" looking stuff in Clarke.
     
  3. ROGERIO

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    dwindham,

    As a comeback player after 10 years of not playing... (and you are going to roll your eyes when you read this...) there is nothing better than putting everything away and just working on the Arban for several months.

    Beginning all over affords us a great opportunity to correct old problems... unfortunately, it's also an opportunity to gain new ones... so

    Take some time with the first studies out of the Arban... boring, but only if you are not listening. I worked on making every [simple] little note sound full and clean. Work on attacks and releases. Transpose to keep it interesting. Pay special attention to the "dunce cap" markings. Others may be able to give you more details on this, but I believe Arban is trying to encourage strong, clear attacks.

    Seriously, even if you just did it for one or two weeks you will hear how it benefits your playing.

    2 cents from "been there - done that" ... actually, still doing.. :-)
     
  4. dwindham

    dwindham Pianissimo User

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  5. ROGERIO

    ROGERIO Mezzo Forte User

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    There are several "editions" of the Arban. That one works!
     
  6. Vulgano Brother

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    The Harold Mitchell method, if followed correctly, will make you a well mannered, balanced monster by the end of book four, and makes you play in Eb minor sometimes as well. My all-time favorite, and no, I haven't completed book 4 yet. Have fun!
     
  7. Happy Canuck

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  8. trumpettrax

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    Daily Routines - by Eddie Lewis

    Hey, just wanted to chime in and tell you that I'm a comeback player myself. I started taking trumpet lessons again and found THE best teacher I've ever had in my life. I'm definiely coming back! Anyway, he has written several books, but one in particular is Daily Routines. You can purchase the book at this address: http://www.cafepress.com/tigermusic.25414872

    Eddie is a really a fantastic teacher/player and his books have been highly praised by some top players. Take a look and let me know what you think.

    Trax
     
  9. gzent

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    I will second what Larry said, the "Balanced Embouchure" book is easy to follow and produces solid results.

    Greg
     

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