Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by BruceGrain, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

    Sep 20, 2009
    New York State USA
    +1 --- -I might add that another important aspect of good practice is to - set goals -. for me if I have no goal as to what I want to play, or at what level I want to be at next month or next year --- then I aquiesce to "just having regular practice -- and more or less not improving" -- so set a goal, plan for success, and then achieve that --- I think that is part of a good practice, or good playing routine
  2. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

    May 7, 2011
    Snooky said it best...
    "It `taint whatchya do it how thatchya do it"
  3. Local 357

    Local 357 Banned

    Jul 1, 2011

    Yeah that's my reaction to my previous post too lol. Was trying more to emphasize a point rather than make an absolute statement.

    Looking back over my years I've found that I practiced more exercises during my developmental years. Now having been around the horn since 1964 I get more from public performance than practicing.

    When I was in the beginning stages of range development (1971 -72) I needed to get the knack of register connection. being able to ascend from a Low G to a High F or so in one smooth, connected blow. No re-setting of the chops. And of course I was also weak in articulation and flexibility during those years. So I went through the Clarke Technical Studies regularly.

    After a while though i found that public performances were sort of a "two for the price of one" bargain. Of course public performance may not encompass all the technical matters of the trumpet. Such as: I rarely need much double tonguing of running lines ascending or descending. However with playing publicly so much this will increase my ability to play accurately WHEN IT REALLY COUNTS. An invaluable aid far surpassing anything gained while practicing.

    Or to make an analogy: Who would you rather have protecting you in a gunfight?

    1. The crack shot who wins marksmanship contests but never served in a real battle?

    2. Or the sniper with twenty kills under his belt?

    The less experienced marksman may have the better technique but he is untested.

    The well seasoned trumpet player of years and years of public performance is likely far superior to his green peers regardless of their practice room ability. He's been in the game when others were really "shooting back"...
  4. BrotherBACH

    BrotherBACH Piano User

    Oct 5, 2010
    One of my teacher wrote out a 40 minute routine that he insisted was no great work of genius. Any experienced trumpet player would look at it and say "no big deal". But it used to take him an entire semester to go through it and explain HOW to do each exercise and what was to be gained from it. For example, even before we started the first exercise (which is long tones) we spent an entire day in a master class just learning how to breath. Since then, I have spent many hours on the phone and writting essays just trying to get his concepts of correct.

    So, to echo others, a highly qualified teacher is of critical importance. And, now I also suggest just because someone is a professional it does not mean they are qualified to teach. Try to find a trumpet teacher who is concerned with the pedagogical aspects of teaching someone to play the trumpet. For example, I really like the Mystery to Mastery website. Eric Bolvin has also dedicated himself to doing this as well. My teacher would say his "routine is nothing; it is what is behind the routine."

    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011
  5. BrotherBACH

    BrotherBACH Piano User

    Oct 5, 2010
    Upon reflction, I remember beginning from scratch and all I need was some information, and not all this excess advice, so here it goes. Purchase there VERY cheap, "I Recommend: A Complete Warm-Up Technique Book Designed to Improve Fundemental Musicianship" by James Ployhar. It is a detailed road map of exactly what you should do and how much you should do.


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