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This is an indirect method that has success for almost everyone who tries it. It's based on ...
The great thing about Smiley's book is the included CD which lets you hear the exercise..Flexus by Frink and O'Neil do this too and Odneal's DVD includes videos of him doing the exercises
Balanced Embouchure-Jeff Smiley
This is an indirect method that has success for almost everyone who tries it. It's based on the concept of finding the "balanced point" between lips being all the way out to rolled in. The balanced point is met through a series of exercises that go through the lips full range of motion. This method is very good for finding and fixing problems. Jeff explains all the exercises very clearly and since the exercises are indirect, they don't make you knowingly change your current embouchure-it happens gradually over time. I think this is one of the best embouchure methods out there.
Breathiing through the nose is only for the Caruso exercises
s breathing through the nose meant to be carried over to regular playing, or is it just for the exercises? Also, while I believe I was originally taught with a Caruso-like method, I was always taught to keep the mouthpiece on my lips, but to breathe through the corners of the mouth.
There is an even better thing about the recordings of the exercises. They are not simply recordings done perfectley by pros to demonstrate it-they are done by Jeff Smiley's actual students ranging in age from 12-15. IMO this is a concept way ahead of its time. It shows you how actual kids with different lip structures, ages, etc...dealt with the excercises.
Originally Posted by Jerry Freedman
I'm familiar with Schlossberg's Daily Drills and Technical Studies.
When I started taking trumpet lessons years ago in grade school, I was using Arban's. When I got to high school and had a new teacher, he added Schlossberg's method to supplement some of the characteristic studies, songs and fantasie pieces in Arban's. I'm a big fan of Arban's but I think I have to say that my favorite method is Schlossberg's.
Remember, this is all my opinion:
Schlossberg's method can be summarized as "embouchure strength and embouchure control." As some players might know, strong and controllable embouchures lead to ease in playing, high flexibility and higher range. At least that's been my experience.
The book starts with long tones to help develop the embouchure, then progresses into slow flexibility studies. Talk about burning corners.
The next section is about intervals and octave studies - once again it's about control and the flexibility and strength to play these intervals without embouchure changes. Then the book gets back to the flexibility topic with "Lip Drills." This is where you hone your flexibility and learn to shake like crazy. Speed is the goal here.
After that, the book progresses into Arban-like things such as chords, major arpeggios, major scales and chromatic scales. These exercies also can be done using double and triple tonguing, so there is opportunity for those skills to be learned and developed.
The last section contains something along the lines of a couple dozen short etudes which require the use of all the skills learned in the book. They are mainly much shorter versions of the Arban characteristic studies.
Schlossberg's method is not an Arban's method in the sense that it's an all-encompassing book about every skill for the trumpet. There are no pages on minor scales, ornaments (trills, turns, etc), minor and dominant arpeggios, etc. I think it lays a foundation so if you want to learn about these items elsewhere and play these types of things you can do so.
Honestly, if I were a trumpet teacher, I'd start the student with Schlossberg and use Arban's only as a supplement for songs, duets and some of the more obscure items if I needed to use them.
Bb - Kanstul 1600
C - Getzen Renaissance 30S
I've got a 64 page paper on the different methods. It pretty much goes though each one and explains it and in some places it gives examples. Just send me your email ifyou want it.
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