Exercises you can do off the trumpet

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by _TrumpeT_, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. _TrumpeT_

    _TrumpeT_ Piano User

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    What are some exercises you can do off the trumpet specifically related to trumpet playing? (Every musician should study music theory and train their ears IMHO) I'm not advocating the use of any gimmicks here. Here are some of my own ideas:
    sing... this sounds strange but it's a great exercise especially when learning an instrument that can produce only one pitch at a time (most of the time anyway)
    fingering your part
    co-ordinating valves while tonguing... this actually works! The double tonguing section of the third variation of CoV just clicked! I also tried this with chromatic scales for my single tonguing.
    Please post some of your own ideas!
     
  2. tpter1

    tpter1 Forte User

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    Breathing; concentration builders (ie. mental imaging games); articulation (just practice tooh/toh; t-k; tkt; ttk, etc.) while driving, walking, riding mass transit (one way to guarantee a seat on a crowded bus or subway!); "sing and fing" through scales and scale studies (sing it and do the fingerings).
     
  3. HoboTrumpet

    HoboTrumpet Pianissimo User

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    I like to spend a few minutes every day with one of those finger exercisers for guitar players. Helps keep the fingers fast and strong, which for me means more accurate valve action.
     
  4. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    Can you give an example of a finger excersizer for us non-guitar playing people?
     
  5. Jerry Freedman

    Jerry Freedman Piano User

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    The pencil exercise. Controversial but it does work for some and it worked for me. Free buzzing, lip buzzing without a mouthpiece. Again controversial but it does work for some and worked for me. Let the flames begin
     
  6. trumpet blower88

    trumpet blower88 Mezzo Piano User

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    Learn to play the piano.... Or any other instrument for that matter.
     
  7. _TrumpeT_

    _TrumpeT_ Piano User

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    I think learning the piano is very good whatever instrument you learn. But I wouldn't advocate learning other wind instruments at the same time as learning trumpet.
     
  8. trumpet blower88

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    I think it's alright to learn other wind instruments, as long as you can focus on trumpet as your primary instrument. The only thing I would suggest is staying away from the double reeds. They can mess up your chops, plus I don't like the sound of oboes....
     
  9. HoboTrumpet

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  10. Manny Laureano

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    How can anyone argue against that which has worked for YOU? Success to you always, Jerry!

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