Limited practice time and breaks

Discussion in 'Trumpet Pedagogy' started by jdostie, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. BergeronWannabe

    BergeronWannabe Piano User

    Feb 6, 2007
    Very good advice, I got the same from my teacher. He said, "you should know exactly WHY you are doing exactly WHAT you are doing." Helps keep the focus...
  2. jdostie

    jdostie Piano User

    Feb 20, 2008
    Makes Good sense, thank you. Now I'm about questioned out, so if someone else wants to chime in . . .
  3. jdostie

    jdostie Piano User

    Feb 20, 2008
    So I still can't seem to carve out time at lunch, so all my practice is in the evening. Sometimes kind of late - say beginning at 10:30 PM after I get home from jujutsu. So I practice - pretty much straight through, but with the brief water breaks I described previously.

    I have modified my schedule based on Rowuk's suggestion and a discussion with my teacher.
    Long tones first
    Flexibilities second
    Music third (at the moment just Trumpeter's Lullaby) which for now I am combining with the rythmic studies from Arbans. I have a few other pieces to start on, I'm trying to find a way to sandwich them in and still finish at a reasonable time. On longer days I'll add more.
    Then I'll move on to Clarke's first study - moved here because I am having trouble with the high C's toward the end - so the idea was to put it before I am too fatigued. It's better tonight, but still having trouble with that high C.
    Follow that with double tongue exercises, then triple tongue exercises
    Next on to scales - currently D and Bb
    Finally a warm down.

    There is some improvement, but it's hit and miss:
    Example, I'll be able to do a nice lip trill, and then a while later I can't (at least not at the speed/fluidity of just a few minutes before).
    Range is the same thing, last night,working through Clarke's as had the tuner out, and as I was having trouble with the C, I was using the tuner to check myself - missed below, missed below, then hit an E (badly), and finally, a weak C and then back down through the study. Yet it's very likely that if I picked up my trumpet now (20 minutes or so after I've warned down) I could "pop out" the high C (not going to try that, just an example of the spotty abilities).

    I suppose this will all come in time. My teacher says the sound is good, and I guess I can be happy with that and the little bits of progress I see. I guess I am just impatient.
  4. Siegtrmpt

    Siegtrmpt Mezzo Piano User

    Nov 21, 2005
    A 30 minute work out with Herb and Max in the morning can set you up for the day.
  5. jdostie

    jdostie Piano User

    Feb 20, 2008
    Herb and Max?

    Edit - never mind, I figured it out, I can be dense at times.

    At my current stage of development, there is too much to work on for 30 minutes to "set me up" for the day.
    The material I am covering takes me at least 90 minutes - probably it would take most of you considerably less . . .
    I take a lot of this very slowly especially anything that requires a lot of fingering - particularly involving the third valve.
    Or, rhythmic exercises - also much slower than written.

    I expect these to pick up in speed over time (even newer material) as I become more accustomed to reading again and also recognition of less familiar fingerings.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2008

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