Systematic Approach

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  1. Jfrancis

    Jfrancis Pianissimo User

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    All,

    Just curious. I have flirted every year, for years, of doing Claude Gordon's Systematic Approach for a year. Has anyone completed this study? Would you recommend? What are the benefits?

    I am looking at a maintence type year in my playing. No big things to memorize, etc. This would be a good time to do it. So please let me know.
     
  2. jdostie

    jdostie Piano User

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    Systematic approach encompasses more than is in that book. Clarke's, Arban's, Colins's, St. Jacome's, and many others including daily trumpet routines, are also companion materials. There is a whole forum devoted to CG where systematic approach is a main topic over on trumpet herald, and one fellow has systematic approach.com where he records his progress.

    It's intended to be well rounded using all of these materials. I would not recommend systematic approach all by itself, either do the prescribed exercises outside the book, or have a teacher guide you... At the very least, make sure you are rounding out your routine with other types of work...
     
  3. pbenn2112

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    I've tried it a bit myself. I think it is a very valuable resource when used with the other books. I have trouble using this system because it does take a hefty amount of daily practice. As a middle school band director, I'm not able to devote that much daily time yet. I'm planning on beginning it again over the summer when I have much more time.
     
  4. stevesf

    stevesf Piano User

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    +1 you are exactly right
     
  5. jdostie

    jdostie Piano User

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    I'll mark it on my calendar.
     
  6. Jfrancis

    Jfrancis Pianissimo User

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    Yeah, looks it. I was planning on going ahead with the prescribed materials in the book. Thanks for the comments.
     
  7. stevesf

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    Don't let it happen again or we will come to expect it from you. ROFL
     
  8. SmoothOperator

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    I have tried a systematic approach. It turns out to be a scheduling nightmare. I will probably return to it in a couple years when my life isn't so hectic, for now I just grab practice time whenever I can.
     
  9. TRUMPETSIZZLE

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    John,

    I actually went through the entire thing 3 times when I was younger. Now, I only use a very small portion in my upper register program and I will tell you what i use:
    I do the pedals and the ascending arppegios in lesson two and that is it.
    BUT, there is a right way and a wrong way to use these and you need to incorporate the pedals the ascending notes in the right way and not necessarily every day to get great results.
    I also take a microscopic approach and have made a few of my own techniques out of Gordon's that are more potent and efficient saving you time, but with better results.....That particular technique is just one of more than 50 I teach in my Guaranteed Upper Register Program.

    P.S. Gordon's systematic approach is quite a time alligator usually taking me 1 1/2 to 2 hours to do one lesson correctly.....which i no longer do as he prescribes.
    http://www.trumpetsizzle.com
     
  10. Jfrancis

    Jfrancis Pianissimo User

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    OK! Wow thanks for the comments. I am doing this, starting today. I will be blogging the slogging through the book.

    Go to my website . . . www.churchbrass.com and visit "John's Blog" to find out blow by blow how this is going.
     

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