If I would search for an exercise that helps my endurance I would first look for the things that stress the most.
For trumpet players I think is lip slurs and maybe the heavier tonguing exercises.
The next thing I'd do is to search for a method that trains the lips in the same way as those exercises do without the use of the trumpet.
Like the P.E.T.E. or the pencil exercise maybe...
Like a flight simulator for pilots :)
I don't know if the pencil exercise does that for you
All I say is if the pencil, button or P.E.T.E. is used properly, it will strengthen the lip and facial muscles that then allow one's performance with a wind instrument to improve ... but call it "isometrics" as the U.S.A.F. did, or "Dynamic Tension" as Charles Atlas did (if any of you are old enough to remember those advertisements that even appeared in comic books). It is the same physical concept of both force and resistance. OK, how many have exercised with hand grips, rubber balls, plastic clay in hand surgical recovery? Progress is slow if you don't comprehend the methodology and apply the extra effort.
Last edited by ultratrumpet; 08-13-2012 at 01:56 PM.
Yes, Angelo Siciliano legally changed his name in 1922 to Chales Atlas and died of a heart attack at age 80 a very wealthy man, leaving a son, Hercules, and daughter, Diana.
Don't ever expect to get sand on my P.E.T.E. Haven't yet been known to use it on the beach, but a trumpet I have played at the beach.
Ed, I have a beautiful log log slide rule that does sine/cosine too. Its in a very, very dusty drawer somewhere
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