long tones

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  1. songbook

    songbook Piano User

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    Long tones are mentioned by many for building endurance as well as range. I was just wondering how some of you play your long tones. Do you play a scale holding each note a certain number of beats? Do some of you hold a note until all the air is used up? Do you play up to your maximum range or not? I would like to know what helped you the most. Your response is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I "exhale" long tones - no tonguing. I play all the tones that I can exhale without twisting my face to get them. I alternate high and low notes. I play them as long as the sound is perfectly supported (30 seconds or more). I play them VERY softly.

    What helps most is 10 minutes of this EVERY DAY for the rest of your life. For some, vacations without the trumpet have proven beneficial.
     
  3. songbook

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    Thank you rowuk. will do. Your advice over the years has helped me a great deal. May 2015 be a banner year for you and yours.
     
  4. Vulgano Brother

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    I practice long tones as part of an expanding scale and really concentrate on listening. It is somewhat esoteric, but I listen to the sound fill the room (even at a ppp level) and try to pack more sound into the room. (Yeah, it sounds weird, but I can't describe it any better.) 10-15 minutes a day should suffice.
     
  5. Ljazztrm

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    Just something else to throw into the mix. Moving long tones.. You could do Clarke #1 softly, slurred and tongued, in this order: 13, 12, 14, 11, 15, 10, 16, etc. - think of it as playing one long note when you do these.
     
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    A few friends too many left with banners in 2014. I certainly hope that 2015 is NOT mine.....

     
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    A banner year? I've already banned a scammer trying to sell counterfeit money on TM.
     
  8. songbook

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    Ljazztrm, I will surely try your tip. I've used the Clarke studies for some time, but not in the way you suggested.
     
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  10. Ljazztrm

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    Actually there are a good number of players who said that Clarke originally wrote the exercises in this order. Several great brass pedagogues succeeding Clarke have used this 'spiderweb' idea. Donald S. Reinhardt, Carmine Caruso, Bill Adam - I'm sure there are others.

    The 19/30 exercise by Rusty Russell is very good. Vulgano's expanding scale idea that he was talking about further up might also be a good idea to do with the 30 second on/off idea of Rusty's. Maybe starting in the middle register and expanding up to high C and down to low F#.
     

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