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Unusual paths to progress
Over the years, many fine methods have been written that help develop, refine, and maintain a trumpeter’s technique. The studies in this book aren’t meant to replace traditional trumpet study material, but to further extend the fundamental skills of playing. Suggested practice of these studies is to only include a few minutes from each section of the book daily.
Slurring is considered by many to be the foundation of a trumpeter’s flexibility. Interestingly, most trumpeters tend to separate lip and valve slurring in their practice, even though ultimately they need to sound the same.
There are plenty of published studies that exercise the fingers. Here are a few new ones that work particularly awkward combinations.
III. Mixed articulation
Most traditional mixed articulation studies are based on slurring and tonguing in consistent groups of twos or threes. The familiar patterns in the examples below are not all that difficult because the rhythmic configuration, pattern of notes, and articulation are based on the same number through the whole exercise.
IV. Intervals and dynamics
Uniformity of rhythm, dynamics and intervals make some passages very logical and easy to execute.
V. Lip fitness
Finding ways to achieve a vibrant feeling in our lips day to day is challenging. Here are a few studies that help get the lips vibrating freely.
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