5 Practice Routines To Improve Your Playing.

We all have a tendency to be a little stagnant with our practice and so our playing doesn’t improve like we wish it would. We often assume where our limits are and accept them too easily. I want you to fully understand that with the right practice and the right mindset you have NO limit. I have used these ideas and others to help players who had trouble playing a G on top of the staff, and turn them into players who could play into the doubles and beyond. We do it by working actual techniques like in the Arban book and real songs. In doing this range, resonance, accuracy, endurance… all improve. These 5 files should be done in order. The song should be played every day starting today. Get good on the first 2 interval files (Air Kicks, and Arban Intervals} then move to the other 2 Interval […]

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Improving your high range and how to play the trumpet

Article by Clint “Pops” McLaughlin – reprinted from Windplayer Magazine issue #64 I think the biggest problem with playing high and endurance (both go hand-in-hand) has to do with being impatient. When you start learning how to play the trumpet as a kid, you want to get a bigger sound immediately, so rather than take the months and years it takes for a regular embouchure to get a big sound, you start opening your mouth wider than it really should be. And so you immediately get a bigger sound, but there is no way to add compression and get range out of it. The hole (aperture) is too big. Then when younger students try to play high, they use mouthpiece pressure and pull the horn into their face, because their lips are so open. It’s pretty much like stepping on a dough-nut: teeth on one side and mouthpiece on the […]

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Improve trumpet or cornet in days

Trumpet and Cornet advice Lip Buzz (no mouthpiece) 5 – 10 minutes a day. This will help you to go to a closed aperture setting for cornet or trumpets. Do it for 4 weeks and then you should stop. Too much buzzing can stiffen the chops some. I only lip buzz about a minute a day now. Put a pencil between your lips and push the lips together. The lips should hold the pencil straight out for 3-4 minutes a day. The muscles that really start burning are the ones you use to play high. Never do more than 4 minutes a day. Work on soft playing. So soft that you almost can NOT hear it. That will help you learn to control a small lip aperture for playing high on trumpets or cornet. Project the notes where they belong Low G rolls out of the bell Low C goes […]

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How to build musical range

There is a huge difference between playing music and “WORKING on your range”. I worked on my range 30 years ago and forgot how to play. That’s one reason I ended up at Jacobys’. The weight lifting / marathon running concept applied to trumpet playing leads to failure. Every aspect of playing that is important in the lower and middle register is also important above the staff. ie tone, phrasing, smooth slurs, clean tonguing. We learn these by playing music like the Concone studies. Well if you want those same skills in the upper register then play music in the upper register. A month of playing those same Concone studies an octave up will do more for your playing than a year of arpeggios, scales , pushups or anything else. Yes it is HARD to do. It is NOT fun and since you will not perfect it in a day […]

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Set point

When are people taught about a set point? ALL beginning students ARE taught the concept. As first year students the range falls between low g and 4th space e. They are taught to set for a second line g. This prevents the need for lots of shifting, curling…… The problem comes in year 2 when the range increases the center of range starts moving up. The set point should as well. Poorly trained teachers are the reason this and a hundred other things are not taught. If you use a pivot and open (lower) your jaw as you descend. The g on the staff setting should be easy to add to your full time playing. The concept is about setting closer to the top of your range. The lips can only move freely so far after the mouthpiece touches them. We need to be able to play from the top […]

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Range lesson

1st lesson for range. Well the real key as always is to move the air faster and farther. To keep abdominal reserve strength work on a natural approach below 4th space e . If you place your hand on your stomach and sing a g or c you will find that you do not tense your muscles. Check to see if you are using this same relaxed approach to playing. It only takes a day or two to learn this and you have more strength to speed up the air in the high c area. For the mental part there are several points. Low notes are more non-directional than high ones. All you want to do is let them roll out of the bell onto the floor. Nice and relaxed using warm breath (haaa). The higher notes are directional and you want to shoot them through the horn to the […]

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