What exercise do you hate the most !!!

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  1. Hoghorn

    Hoghorn Pianissimo User

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    For me it's the "Squirt Drills" in Leon Marins "Trumpet Isometrics" book, I hate them and I swear at them everytime I open that page, but I do them everyday !!! I'm really glad when I'm through with them !!! They work on the "Buccinator muscles" the ones that help you tighten the corners.
    I know the ones I don't like are the exercises I NEED to play, but man I don't look forward to them at all !!! :-)

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    As I work my way back on the horn after 15 years of not playing. I hate lipslurs, and the "America"theme and variations in the back of my Rubanks book. That is why I do allofthat stuff first. Then I can end my practice sessions playing church hymns to practice phrasing.
     
  3. BobList

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    double and triple tonguing.
     
  4. Hoghorn

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    Yeah Bob agree here !!! I don't use it any more so I don't practice it. I have a really quick tongue and can single tounge what most players double tongue so I don't even practice it any more, but I DO feel guilty for not staying up with it !!! Triple tounging......Haven't needed it since High School !!!!

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    Double and triple tonguing are like a prostate exam. Yea, I'm gonna have to do it some day, but I don't wanna practice for it.
     
  6. rowuk

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    Hate is an emotion reserved for the most despicable, so in my case it would be the exercize of answering posts on what hardware will improve range and endurance! :evil:

    Seriously,
    my dislikes were mostly "after the fact". After sinking 6 months into pedal tones with no improvement, I disliked the waste of time. I have always had teachers that gave me a good balance of stuff to work on. So I can only identify things that may have been tough, but that is why we practice: bigger, faster, higher, louder (we must also add softer, more musical, more sensuous, more dependable, more intelligent, better informed).
     
  7. Hoghorn

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    Boblist,

    LMAO.....I almost spit my coffee into my keyboard !!!

    Wasting time is a pain isn't it Rowuk....

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    Bob,
    tonguing should be practiced slowly, at a speed where it works. It should NOT be gradually accellerated. Practice until slow is perfect then jump 10 beats per minute. Practice that until it is perfect. In 2 months you are FAST!

    If we gradually increase the speed, we are ALWAYS playing where NOTHING is perfect and turning that into a (bad) habit. That is the main frustration of practice - building bad habits instead of solving problems!
     
  9. brassmojo

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    Anything method involving transposition!

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  10. The Dutch Guy

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    hmmm.... what exercise do I hate the most?
    no Idea, I never do exercises :D

    I star playing the real low notes that aren't supposed to be playable on the trumpet for a minute to warm up the mouthpiece a bit. then I play some low scales, and a bit higher. about 10 scales total, every one once, so I have enough range to play simple pieces. then I play which ever tune comes to mind without sheet music. (right now that's Goedickes concert etude), till I can't remember how to proceed, i finish the piece, or I get bored.
    after that I'm warmed up and can play pretty much anything I want to practise. I double check it with a C scale over two octaves, and move on to the pieces I am currently practising. (urutjunjan and telemann right now)
    after one long piece, I do f scales over three octaves (faking the first note by playing a f# and pushing it way down.), and go up from there, usually reaching g3 or a4, sometimes even c4 (not a pretty sound)
    then I just play another piece, and another one, untill I can't play them anymore because my lipps can't handle it anymore.
    and that pretty much every day, sometimes twice a day on a long day.

    Saying that I don't do any exercise may be not completely true, though. most pieces I play are pretty difficult and I have to be able to do something difficult really fast, or really good in it. I might not be exercising it on its own, but I AM practising it while playing the piece. and like this it's waaaaaaay more fun :-P

    besides that I pick up the piccolo trumpet once in a while, and start playing simple pieces one octave higher, or more difficult pieces on the same octave.

    that's pretty much all I do
     

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