Stupid fingers!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by djserrant, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. mrmusicnotes

    mrmusicnotes Piano User

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    Clarke technical studies (#1) can turn stupid fingers into very smart fingers without even trying. Since January 1st,as part of my new years resolution to boast my playing I have been doing these everyday.I noticed that lately my third valve finger which always sat flat,is right in line with with the other two fingers. This happened unintentionally just by doing the exercise.Man it can get boring but oh so worth it.
     
  2. The Weez

    The Weez Piano User

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    Last night I was running through a couple of the exercises from Clarke's Technical Studies that my teacher assigned me. I decided to try the same one in a different key and just could. not. do it. I slowed it down to half time and still couldn't get my fingers to cooperate. I became frustrated and almost just moved on to something else.

    I changed my mind on quitting and slowed it WAY down until I could do it perfectly, which was stupid slow. Increased by 2 beats per minute, 3x at each speed. If I missed a note, I would start over at that speed. After 20min I got it up to the speed that I was doing the other ones.

    I kind of surprised myself. It's amazing what such a simple little technique and enough patience will net you in the end. :)
     
  3. Labidochromis

    Labidochromis Pianissimo User

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    We're not quite sure; look at it as an opportunity for self expression?

    :cool:
     
  4. Snorglorf

    Snorglorf Pianissimo User

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    Isn't this how practice always goes!

    Find something you can't do and do it slowly at a speed where you make no mistakes and do it over and over until you can do it faster/higher. If you make a mistake, you don't move on until it's perfect.

    My piano teacher said I must be able to play everything 5 times in a row with no mistakes to be able to actually play it. It's a very good way of practicing. Very frustrating also.
     
  5. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    There is no such thing as "stupid slow"--only "stupid fast." Good job!
     

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