Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by crowmadic, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. RG111

    RG111 Piano User

    Nov 12, 2003

    It might be helpful in practice to play only the first note of each triplet for a passage, and then add the entire triplet.

  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Oiling the valves are useful when you have to play FAST triplets................ ;-)

    this is the part about "old dogs and new tricks". Patterns, when learned accurately can be recalled during performance. Patterns that have not been committed to memory, require additional processing power from the brain, that may or may not be available depending on the context.

    To turn difficult patterns into recallable chunks, we practice them slowly and try to memorize them. It is amazing how much faster we can play when we do not have to involve the concious effort!

    I believe many jazz players have an advantage over "classical" players because they start earlier memorizing patterns: scales, intervals, tunes. In addition, they often have a musical goal for those patterns. How many classical players have built a melody (or chorus) around a diminished or augmented chord? Putting those exercizes we learned by endless repetition into musical context makes them more "accessible"!

    My suggestion:
    analyse the klezmer parts, figure out what scales and intervals are involved, then commit them to memory! There is no faster way to make them "performable"!
  3. crowmadic

    crowmadic Mezzo Piano User

    Oct 3, 2006 got it!
  4. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
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    One thing we haven't mentioned yet is subdivision. Rather than thinking of a quarter note being split into four sixteenths or three eighth note triplets, we think of it as four sixteenths (or 3 eighth note triplets) tied together. Gerald Webster used to drive his students crazy by forcing us to play the subdivisions--instead of "Mary had a little lamb," he would have us play "MaMaMaMaryryryryhadhadhadhadaaaalitlitlitlittletletletlelamblamblamblamb." Not fun, but it did teach us to place the sixteenths in a dotted eighth/sixteenth pattern in the right spot. That, plus playing in a funk band for a few years made Stravinski easy.
  5. crowmadic

    crowmadic Mezzo Piano User

    Oct 3, 2006
    Put Vulgano and rowuk together and miricles occur! Thanks to all. I feel better equiped to make positive changes with this issue.........crow

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