Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by irishcornetboy, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. irishcornetboy

    irishcornetboy Pianissimo User

    Oct 16, 2008
    Hi. Many of the exercises I incorporate into my practice routine list strength as something they help build. What exactly do they mean?
  2. Bachstul

    Bachstul Mezzo Forte User

    Jan 25, 2009
    Endurance and persistence physically, to hold up and play through an entire 45 minute set without pain and feeling weak, feeble, and impotent.
  3. DanZ_FL

    DanZ_FL Pianissimo User

    Jun 16, 2009
    Clearwater, Florida
    Strength at whatever you're working on with that exercise I guess.

    Technical exercises build fingering and flexibility chops. Etudes build musical chops. Overall strength comes from overall smart playing -- that is, not wearing yourself out on any of the facets of practice/performance.

    As has been said in many threads, it's not physical strength of the chops that makes a good player, but toned and responsive ones. Strength, to me, means many things in trumpet playing but not necessarily physical.

    Edited to add: Yes and what Bachstul said. You at least need to have enough physical strength to get through a day's gig alright. But that should be a given if you are developing a smart playing habit by staying well rounded, putting in good time each day playing and not hurting yourself.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2009
  4. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

    Aug 9, 2007
    Levittown , NY
    They usually mean chop strength i.e. your corners and breathing, abdominal strength.

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