In conjucntion with the release of his instructional DVD "I Love the Trumpet" (finally out 7/14/04!!!) Warren Vache will be offering Brass Clinics that cover all aspects of trumpet playing. Following is a copy of the suggested syllabus - anyone interested in scheduling a clinic for their school or organization should contact Warren directly.

Warren Vache Brass Clinic
Sample Syllabus

Breath Control:
The physiology of breathing
Diaphragm and Diaphragmatic breathing
“Open Throat” concept for unrestricted air flow
Explanation/Demonstration of various Breathing Exercises

The “Buzz”:
Lip Vibration and the creation of Sound in a Brass Instrument
Principals of Embouchure
Mouthpiece Buzzing - alone and as part of Warm-up Routine
Breath Control and The Buzz

Tonguing and Technique:
Explanation of the musculature of the tongue
Proper tongue placement; “T” and “D” sounds
Elementary Single, Double & Triple Tonguing Technique and exercises
Hand placement and proper grip
Proper finger placement and fingering technique

The importance of proper warm-up/warm-down periods before/after practice and performance
Suggested Warm-up/Warm-Down exercises and techniques

Explanation of different type Mouthpiece rims, cup depths and shape
and their relationship to sound production
Pros/Cons of Different Horns - New vs. Used
Instrument Testing and Maintenance
How to Try Out a New Mouthpiece and/or Horn

Practice Tips and Techniques:
Setting a Routine
Use of Metronome
Practicing for Perfection
Introduction of recommended method books
Examples of scales, keys, arpeggios and chords to be used as part of practice routine

A Short History of Jazz Trumpet
The Importance of Listening
Improvise Everyday
Learning Transcribed Solos
Transcribing Solos
Great Players to Listen too and Learn from.

Note: Each clinic will be custom tailored to the amount of time available (1 or 2 days) and the
maturity (comprehension) level of the attendees and any specific areas of emphasis requested
by the clinic hosts.
One Day Clinic:
Will Cover all areas listed in the Sample Syllabus in as much depth as time allows.

Suggested Format:

8:00 AM to 8:45 AM - Clinic Sign-in and Breakfast
9:00 AM to 11:45 AM - Morning Clinic and Demonstrations
12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM - Luncheon
1:15 PM to 2:45 PM - Afternoon Clinic and Demonstration
2:45 PM to 3:00 PM - Formal Question & Answer Period
3:00 PM to 3:30 PM - Afternoon Break
3:30 PM to 5:15 PM - Rehearsal
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM - Dinner
7:15 PM to 7:30 PM - “Dress Rehearsal”
8:00 PM - Performance of selected piece(s) for family and friends

Two Day Clinic:
Will cover all areas listed in the Sample Syllabus in greater depth and detail. Day 2 will reinforce and expand upon techniques discussed during One Day Clinics. After a Morning Brass Masterclass to reinforce Day 1 Topics; a Two Day Clinic will allow Mr. Vache greater rehearsal time with your ensemble and will culminate with an evening performance showcasing Mr. Vache as guest soloist with your ensemble at a full-scale concert.

Once again, it must be noted that Mr. Vache will tailor both the clinics and performances to the age, maturity and performance level of your students - everyone will benefit from his knowledge and performance: from high school students to college performance majors to community ensembles.

For Two Day Clinics culminating in a public performance, please indicate what type of ensemble will be performing (ex: jazz band/brass ensemble, etc.) and what pieces you would like to perform (please provide full score & solo parts) or allow Mr. Vache to choose a program suitable for your ensemble. All instrumentalists in your ensemble will greatly benefit from rehearsing and performing with Mr. Vache - it is an opportunity they will cherish.

Mr. Vache will also be delighted to develop clinic syllabi based on your needs:
Improvisation Only; Rehearsal and Performance Only, etc.

Dependant upon schedule, Mr. Vache will be available to provide individual instruction for a limited number of students. These lessons must be arranged prior to his arrival for the clinic.

Clinic syllabi will be formalized at the time of Clinic Booking. Please contact Mr. Vache directly for scheduling and further information. A detailed questionnaire to establish syllabus and performance
parameters will be provided upon confirmation of Clinic Booking.

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