Warm up

What is your warm up? A warm up needs to accomplish 4 things. 1. It needs to get the lips vibrating to produce both a good tone and flexibility. 2. It needs to get the breathing process / breath support working properly. 3. It needs to get the tongue working on single and multiple tonguing applications. 4. It needs to get the fingers to work with the lips, breath, and tongue. Jacoby used to start a lesson by having the student bend as far forward as possible and breathe with his mouth open (yawning). This helped to relax and open the throat. Next a second line g was played until the tone came clear and free. On a good day it took 15 seconds on a bad day as long as it takes. Then a scale from the center out by half steps. G, G#, F#, A, F, A#, E, […]

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Why teach this?

You teach stuff I’ve never seen before. Why is that? There are several reasons why I teach and tell more to my students than you’ve experienced before. 1. Most players were taught by either non trumpet playing H.S. Band Directors or by players that have limited experience. Since nobody can teach more than they know the pool of knowledge shrinks. 2. College education for trumpet performance is different than for teaching. Most college teachers prior to 10 years ago were general Music Ed majors or performance majors. General music may teach alot about the chant but it does not cover the trumpet well. As for performance majors they study the one embouchure they play . If they play well they never study playing problems and solutions, or other embouchures. After all the teacher assumes that if it is being played well then there is no reason to discuss embouchures or […]

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