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Arban's exercise - to take a breath or not to take a breath?
Hello. I am 18 and have been playing trumpet for four years under guidance of a very good teacher. I forgot to ask him this question: there are some exercises in Arban's Method which are really long such as no. 17 to no. 21 in slur section and I'm not sure if you are supposed to play it in one breath or not. I cannot right now, but should you be able to if you are very efficient with your air?
Arban and many of that generation and others thereafter recommended that cornetists practice a a softer dynamic level than what many people do today. Try playing the exercises with a quieter but full sound, not pinched.
Also, the faster you do it the quicker it's done. But if the technique is not solid it's worthless. Use common sense and if you have to breathe more often to produce a proper sound I promise the breath police won't jump out of the closet and send you to music jail. You'll get a fine at most. They only send you up if you murder a perfectly good phrase.
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