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    Cool whats a good 1 hr practice routine?

    i would like to build good range and technique....
    i want to choose a good routine, but really dont know where to start
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    Re: whats a good 1 hr practice routine?

    an hour is a start, but not really enough to build "good range and technique".
    I divide my sessions into 3 equal parts:
    1) chopbuilders: longtones, slurs
    2) technique: Clarke, Arban, Schlossberg, St. Jacome...
    3) repertory: whatever is on the plate next - this part for me is very gig driven.
    My students get excerpts, etudes, wind or jazz band book. Tunes are the reason that we play trumpet and a rehearsal or performance situation does not allow us to work on precision to the degree that we can when practicing.
    20 min. each is not very much time per unit, but each of the areas must be covered daily.
    Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

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    Re: whats a good 1 hr practice routine?

    One thing that is really important is to not push yourself very hard right off the bat. A good warmup with some relatively low lip slurs, patterns, and scales will get the blood going through your lips. If you try to play too high too fast, you'll injure your lips. You can even do some pedal tones while warming up.

    After that, it's whatever you want. Play your studies, exercises, patterns, practice for speed, height, clarity, work on your double and triple tonguing, do some high lips slurs, practice doing lip and hand vabratos... Play your solos, songs, duets, buzz through your mouthpiece for fifteen minutes. One thing that helps fill out the time is to not skimp on anything and/or try to do everything at once. You can spend fifteen minutes on anything you do.

    When you run out of chops, try to do pedal tones for five minutes and then keep going. When you're really out of juice, warm down like you warm up. Then put the horn away and keep living! You'll find that it's not hard to play until your out of juice, which is the way to practice, and can easily be more than an hour.

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    Re: whats a good 1 hr practice routine?

    I just started doing 1 hour to two hour practice sessions.

    I scheduled in breaks to listen to a trumpet piece or two to get my head in the game. I find it helps.

    Practice Routine
    Short Meditation (Breathing Exercises)
    Lip Buzzing (no mouthpiece then mouthpiece)
    long tones and Caruso 6 note pattern (up AND down)
    pedal tones
    roof exercises
    lip slurs
    Caruso seconds (eventually add thirds)
    lip slurs
    pedal tones
    slurred scales (major)
    slurred arpeggios (major)
    slurred chromatics
    really short break
    tung scales
    two octave scales
    double tounging (Arbans)
    short break
    Start work in Arbans
    Start work on classical repertoire and concert music alternate with Jazz repertoire (do both but shift concentration)
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    Re: whats a good 1 hr practice routine?

    The best thing is to find a consistant routine and stick to it. There are great suggestions above. For my stage in life, I have a routine of some Adams based leadpipe buzzing, long tones, Clarke 1. I do the etude at the end of Clarke one. Some light slurs extending my range. Rest....

    Work scales, Clarke 4 and 2, look at any pieces giving me problems for an upcoming gig, and work some of John McNeil studies to cover various articulations.

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