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    Mezzo Forte User tatakata's Avatar
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    Double High C in 37 Weeks

    Does anyone own this book? I always wanted to take a look at it

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    Re: Double High C in 37 Weeks

    Quote Originally Posted by tatakata View Post
    Does anyone own this book? I always wanted to take a look at it
    I think that was the book that inspired a joke when I was a teenager back in the 1970's:

    "I'm in my 36th week and I can only play a top-line F.
    I can hardly wait till next week!"

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    Re: Double High C in 37 Weeks

    This is a real old book from the 1970s mix of Claude Gordon and Max Schlossberg not worth the money

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    Re: Double High C in 37 Weeks

    Anyone with a good solid highC can learn how to expand one's range.I believe in one method only and that of Claude Gordon's teachings.There were no shortcuts in his method and if you could hook up with one of his former student's it would be best.Check out Trumpet And Brass Lessons Done Over Live Video Chat By Jeff Purtle, Authority On The Claude Gordon Method Of Brass Playing Also contrary to what is believed out there the world does not need a superhuman trumpet player. Well rounded yes, but it is o.k. if one can't improvise like a Clifford Brown, have Maurice Andre chops, scream like a Maynard or Arturo, play solid lead like an Arnie,Roger or Wayne and be artistically creative like Miles all at once.It seems everybody's website or myspace evokes this quest. Funny when we analyze what we enjoy the most it is the uniqueness of the individual. What they bring to the table as artists.If you want to play high you will, if you want to have classical chops you will, if you want to improvise you will but eventually you will have to focus your energy on the part of the art that you wish to be an artist.Good luck!
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    Re: Double High C in 37 Weeks

    I own, have used and can attest to the books seriousness. It focuses on getting pressure off of the face and if diligently practiced WITH a teacher that understands what is going on, can lead to success. It is one of the exercize books that I still pull out and play when I have things in the stratosphere on my playing schedule. It is not a DIY method!
    I am sure that there are other good books out there. The book doth not a double C make! That is true of any other method though!
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    Re: Double High C in 37 Weeks

    Yes, I own it and it has worked wonders! I don't use it every other day
    like it suggests- but I like the routine, tempo markings, and exercises.
    Also, Rowuk is correct in everything he said.

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    Re: Double High C in 37 Weeks

    I say...
    Schlosshberg and Arban's

    i've been playing for nearly 4 years, and for the first 3, i barely practiced

    however, in the last 3 months or so of practicing using Schloschberg and Arban's methods, i've extended my range litterally from a high G (right above the staff) to a Bb (in between first and second ledger lines) comfortably, and i can hit a C# above the staff (second ledger line)

    if you need to get hgih, just practice alot
    use scales going up
    but don't overdo it
    and ALWAYS go back down
    you don't wanna lose your low range

    also, try lip slurs, those work well
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    Re: Double High C in 37 Weeks

    I know some seriously good trumpeters who have benefited from the method. It does, however, ask that the student practice nothing but the method for the 37 weeks. This can lead to a player able to hit strong double C's, but lacking in sound and good musical taste. 37 weeks can be a long time; this method, while not a joke, demands a serious investment and careful consideration before starting.
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    Re: Double High C in 37 Weeks

    39 weeks is normal gestation! He, He

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    Re: Double High C in 37 Weeks

    It's ironic that the one reference I saw in this thread to the most important aspect of "Double High C in 37 Weeks", the every-other-day approach the book takes, was written by somebody just to say he ignores that aspect of the book.

    "Double High C In 37 Weeks" takes the seminal research on "periodization" in exercise kineology of Tudor Bompa , the man responsible for the domination of the Eastern-Bloc in the Olympics for 30 years, and applies it to range, power and endurance building on trumpet. For the player who's only concern is said development of r, p and e, it's the holy grail.

    That said, for the person who wants to become an artist, in essence, a player with great range, power and endurance, a more... "Systematic Approach" is better.


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