Purpose of Flexibility Exercises

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Friggin' Nomad, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

    Jun 10, 2008
    Woodlawn, VA
    Yes, as a professor was fond of saying, "Trumpet playing will make you a humble man." This is only true if you listen honestly and remember all of the hours that each mastery took you to accomplish. To play something at a faster tempo will cause the mistakes to be shorter, but they will still be there. Muscle memory. Practice until you CAN"T get it wrong unless you consciously have to think about it. BORING but necessary (for me, anyway.)
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  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Flexibility is the ability to change from one note to another. Sometimes it involves notes with the same fingering (lip slurs) sometimes not. If we are really good, we can do it quickly, too. The trick is to start slowly (as mentioned above) and memorize where the notes sit. This requires time and concentration.

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  3. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    True... so true... with experience, comes flexibility. Getting comfortable as to what note you are coming from to what note you are going to will make flexibility so easy to accomplish.
  4. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

    Sep 20, 2009
    New York State USA
    oh -- I get it now --- you have to think ahead, if you are improvising, the mind has to be at least 2 notes ahead of your fingers!!!!!!!! -- ROFL ROFL ROFL
  5. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    You did get it. I find that when I think ahead, my fingers follow. If I don't think ahead, then I want to stick two fingers into my mind!!!!!

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  6. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    We are creatures of habit. We learn to read by memorizing patterns, we learn to play by repeating motion patterns.

    Flexibility exercizes are merely additional patterns for us to turn into habits - for recall as playing situations demand. They are multi part habits - the first is the recognition (eye/ear->brain) and the second is the actual movement pattern itself )brain->fine motor activity).

    Once we get the message that this is how our body works, we realize that it is the depth in which we do things that help us increase our musical vocabulary. Breathing patterns are every bit as critical as the actual played notes.
  7. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    Maybe that's why players play "eyes closed"! :roll:
  8. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    Oooohhhh Wissse guy!! Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck.:roll:

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