Good range exercises for a developing player?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by mandyg233, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. mandyg233

    mandyg233 New Friend

    Jun 4, 2011
    New Jersey
    The title pretty much says it all :)
  2. bagmangood

    bagmangood Forte User

    You don't want to work on range - you want to work on all registers and improving sound and power throughout them.
    Maynard (the eternal king of high note playing) said that you don't want to increase the highest note you play, you want to move what is the middle of your range upward.

    If you want power and tone exercises there's a lot of those, and for most people they will be much more productive for you as a trumpet player.
  3. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

    May 11, 2009
    Yorba Linda, CA
    We're ALL developing players - regardless of how long we've been playing. Trumpet development never stops. So, the technique is the same for all of us. There are many threads on this forum with lots of really good outlines for practice regimens. Just do a search on the word "practice". That's the key concept.

    Here's a link to one that has some ideas.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2011
  4. Trumpet Dreamer

    Trumpet Dreamer Mezzo Forte User

    Aug 14, 2010
    Jazz Town, USA
    Absolutely! And Maynard's lower register playing was just as good as the upper register...something many of us tend to forget.
  5. Asher S

    Asher S Pianissimo User

    Sep 20, 2009
    Suburban Boston
    I don't believe in range-specific exercises.

    Practice scales, arpeggios, a little Clarke, a little Arban, a little Aebersold, and some Carmine Caruso.

    Practice some every day, don't overdo it.

    If you're disciplined, then in time your range will gradually improve, bit by bit.
  6. AaronPlaysTrumpet

    AaronPlaysTrumpet New Friend

    Jul 7, 2011

    Trumpet playing is a unique system which consists of various essential elements (air, lips, tongue, fingers). We practice fundamental routines to strengthen and coordinate these elements. The more we do this, and the more we progress and develop, the more efficient our playing becomes. With efficiency comes not only range but power, endurance, tone, flexibility, and anything else that falls under the category of technique.

    That being said, it's also important to practice what you want to play. If you want to play in the upper register, you need to practice in the upper register (JUST LIKE YOU NEED TO PRACTICE THE MIDDLE AND LOW REGISTERS). But you need to be smart about it - LISTEN TO YOUR BODY and don't go overboard and hurt yourself. Be careful of bad habits (one of the most common ones being too much pressure).

    Try playing scales, lip slurs, and flexibility exercises into a range just outside of your easy comfort zone. Remember to have plenty of air support and a good supportive embouchure and overtime you will see an improvement. But be patient! Set little goals over long periods of time. Range isn't everything - but Efficiency is!
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Unlike some of the others, I say FORGET IT. Range exercizes are a BIG waste of time. There is nothing unique to playing high. All of the same skills are required for playing low notes too.

    The focus on range actually hurts more players than it helps. They have an expectation that they practice something a couple of days and BANG - we can hit a new note. They twist their face into shape to realize this STUPID goal. They develop habits that take YEARS to break to get back on track.

    Even if that were true, it would be BRAINLESS because range is no good without music that needs those notes and an understanding of how those notes need to sound in context.

    The worst part is the internet advice to a player never seen or heard. Better breath support is recommended, what does that mean to you? Who is checking that you are breathing right - that means inhaling correctly and then exhaling correctly for trumpet playing. In principle, advice without an instruction book and built in monitoring is worthless.

    So, now that you know the odds of getting better on the internet, tell US what your teacher has you doing. What has someone that has seen and heard you play told you to do? Maybe then we can fine tune without ruining what they started. While you are at it, you can tell us what notes that you will NEED next year.
  8. ltg_trumpet

    ltg_trumpet Mezzo Piano User

    Jan 21, 2009
    hahahaha, popular range exercises for the new TM'er include using the search bar ;) man, yeah, forget range, it will come with time. Trust me, I was in those shoes before. As a trumpet player, we always wanna over do the next guy. Forget that. Learn to be a musician, 90% of music needed in the professional world is between bottom c and high c. That's all you need unless you wanna just be a gimmick, and gimmicks aren't worth the time. Lead guys are pretty much born with high chops, and some of them aren't even good at playing the music, just good at makin the dogs bark. If you dont have the high c yet? Keep practicing anything and everything. You'll get it eventually. Don't let your band director tell you range is the important thing. If range is stopping you from being first chair, you know what? Sit 2nd, sit 5th, man sit anywhere, just make the music sound great. Love each note, love the music, love the horn. That will make you shine more then any high c ever will.
  9. ltg_trumpet

    ltg_trumpet Mezzo Piano User

    Jan 21, 2009
    also, a very important thing, space your practice out man. Find a horn grip that will allow you to play with very low pressure on the lips, you'll thank me later. It feels amazing to use low pressure. When you start straining for the high notes, your gonna start eating the piece. Don't, just relax and love the music. To play trumpet you have to be a zen master, no joke, you gotta be able to relax and wait for the chops to rejuvenate. Listen to some music, something. I wish I was a sax player, you know that? They can practice for 12 hours a day horn on the face makin noise. With this horn, you'll be lucky to get 3 hours total face time, but man, that lovely tone is what makes me come back, that personalized voice in the trumpet. It's a great thing.
  10. wolfmann

    wolfmann Pianissimo User

    Aug 19, 2010
    You can increase range by simply practicing octave lip slurs.
    The trap here is that you will play the lower octave soft and the upper octave FFF.Try playing both notes equal,Not easy once you fall into the bad habit.
    Yes you will gain accolades for "DANG you NAILED that high note!"
    By using the equal volume you will learn how pressure affects you and how to control it.
    The question is,is how you want to progress in your playing?
    High notes are a given but it cant take away from your progress as a well rounded player.
    I have seen a few players that while yes they get the 1st part they lay out for 80% of the tune just to NAIL those high notes.
    Just depends on what you want to be.

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