Practice strategy using classic method books for self-learning return player?

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  1. den2042

    den2042 Pianissimo User

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    OK. Thank you
     
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  3. Sidekick

    Sidekick Mezzo Piano User

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    Den2042 and Rowuk, you have inspired me - I've just ordered a copy of 27 Groups of Exercises to get me fired up for 2016. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Dale Proctor

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    I like the green Schlossberg flexibility studies book. Follow the dynamic markings in the exercises and you will see good results in a short time. Like long tones, the exercises are sort of boring, but the result is worth it. I try to mix this stuff in with some melodic playing during practice time to keep it interesting.
     
  5. bamajazzlady

    bamajazzlady Mezzo Forte User

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    I know you say a tutor is not an option, but having a teacher can save you from potential frustration and bad habits.
     
  6. den2042

    den2042 Pianissimo User

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    @Mark
    Thank you for giving a suggestion. I do plan to obtain the other book of yours "Advancing player ..." later on, in 3 months or so. From the description I see looks as a good job

    @Dale Proctor
    ... and one can google out a free pdf of this book/ What do you mean by dynamic marking?

    @bamajazzlady
    life is life...
     
  7. Newell Post

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    The old Mitchell on Trumpet series is very systematic and progressive. A little boring maybe, but effective. When I'm on my best behavior, I do 2 practice sessions per day, one on Mitchell and the other playing musically or practicing for a performance. The Mitchell books are organized in "lessons" that combine range, endurance, flexibility, intervals, and key signatures.
     
  8. Dale Proctor

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    I mean you need to observe the loudness markings (pp, p, f, ff, etc.) and the crescendos and decrescendos on all the exercises.
     
  9. Ed Kennedy

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    Clark's instructions are good. Follow them.
    Arban has everything you need. Pop's McGlaughlin (sp?) has a good Arban routine on his website.
    Flexibility studies are essential: I like W. Smith and Schlossberg, Irons is good and the Colin Advanced Flexibilities are good.
    Breaks: rest as much as you play (Claude Gordon). Bill Adam had his students practice together trading off on the exercises. I use the time to blow air with articulations through the leadpipe. Try it, you'll like it and the hyperventilation will give you a buzz!
    Buzzing: I use a Stamp warmup which includes free buzzing and mouthpiece buzzing, matching pitches with a piano. It really connects your chops to your ears.
     
  10. fels

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    Long tones do not have to be boring. I try to use them to explore and center the note and the tone.
    Use variety - i first learned long tones by starting at G in the staff and alternate going up and down by half tones -- you end up on low F# and high G.
    Alternate the length - 8 beats - longer
    use alternative patterns - thirds - fourths - circle of fifths - passing tones -- combine the time with ear training (centering the note) (identifying intervals etc)
    Very good for me has been upper register long tones -- very softly. This builds confidence in your core and emphasizes support instead of loudness.
     

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