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Bach Stradivarius 43* (1974), Bach 3C Mouthpiece.
Getzen 896 Eterna Flugelhorn (1974), Curry 3FL Mouthpiece.
Plus a few other Bach, Getzen, Olds, Carol, and Besson horns.
We have all kinds of ancillary exercises for trumpet--long tones, flexibility, range studies, tonguing exercises, exercises geared for endurance, pedal tones....
I find these challenging enough.
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
I wouldn't recommend these exercises. I'll send you a PM that will explain why and what can be done in place of it to exercise the muscles in a more useful manner
I have found that different things work for different people, and sometimes something that works for one might seem arcane and won't help someone else, which is why I never scoff when someone has a new idea about techniques or methods that might improve someone's chops situation. After all, isn't this how innovation occurs? Where would we be as musicians if we held true to only those methods that were being used say 50-75 years ago? We wouldn't be here, that's for sure.
"What we do in life echoes in eternity"
"At my signal, unleash hell."
- Maximus Decimus Meridius
By the way, I am nearly 60 years old and playing on theory taught to me by my teachers 50 years ago (one of them being Eugene Blee, principle trumpet player for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra) and am doing fairly well playing for the Eddie Brookshire Quintet, and being called up often by the Musician's Union to fill in for many venues from Big Bands to Orchestras, to Pit Bands, to Rock performances, to Classical Performances at Churches. So I'm still here, that's for sure!
Chiming in - I did the pencil exercise for a few weeks in 2010, I felt it helped. I was also buzzing straight into the mouthpiece while driving back then too, and still do that from time to time. I treated both as exercises to improve my handling of tension. When I did Tai Chi regularly (should get back into that) there were some stances where I had to employ just enough strength/tension/force to balance against gravity or other forces (mainly gravity), and enter into a relaxed state while maintaining what might otherwise be a "stress position". e.g. the horse-riding stance, or "embracing the tree". The people who were good at this were very stable - you couldn't just push them over. I tried to apply the same thinking to my use of the pencil, and mouthpiece buzzing.
Can't speak for anyone else here on TM though, as they have not been asked yet to cover the trumpet book for the Eddie Brookshire Quintet. I imagine if anyone were asked to do so, I believe they may be changing their practice routine a bit. Your point, I am saying is well made, what works for one individual will at times not work for another. But I take exception when someone questions how I practice, after 50+ years of experience, and all the while when they haven't heard me play or seen the song book from which I am required to play.
"AND I circular breathed a D above staff throughout a whole chorus just the other night. Just ask Dr.Mark, he was at this performance. Now that's what I call a long tone!
That was not the only situation where Gman used circular breathing the night I saw him play. The wonderful thing is that it was not done as a way to say "Hey I can circle breathe". Nope, it was done in context and was not showy or pompus.
As for circle breathing, allow me to share what I've discovered:
I learned circle breathing back in the 1970's but improved upon it once I became familiar with the digerido. The trick is to realize that breathing for the body is done through the nose (inhale & exhale) at a normal unstressed manner and making the trumpet play is done by capturing some of that air in the cheeks and squeezing that air with the cheeks to make the lips vibrate. At least this is what works for me.
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