Piccolo Trumpet Advice

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Bach81, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. tptshark

    tptshark Pianissimo User

    Jun 4, 2005
    Hong Kong
    I always find that i imagine the air sitting higher in my body when playing piccolo. Works for me...
  2. jongorrie

    jongorrie Pianissimo User

    May 9, 2010
    Scales, scales, and more scales :) But in a smart way...

    One possibility is to play a low F (1st and 4th valve, assuming you have a 4 valve picc).

    Then slowly, low F, G, F - rest
    Then: F, G, A, G, F - rest
    Then: F, G, A, Bb, A, G, F - rest

    Continue up as far as is *comfortable* Your comfortable range will extend over time.

    If you practise let's say 60 minutes/day in total, spend no more than about 15mins on piccolo.

    Always finish your piccolo practise with some low, soft tones, then go back to the Bb (or C) and practise any one of the 1st 1 - 3 Clarke studies - slowly and softly to rest, and prepare the embouchure for the following day.

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