Scale Trill Practice

Here is a very mental and physical drill. It is all of the scales connected and trilled.

Fast all you get to do is the written note a note above and the written note before you change to the next note of the scale.

Played slowly you get a trill workout.

When playing slowly do it 2 times so you can use both Baroque (Starting the trill above the written note) and the more modern trill Starting on the written note.

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Making a practice routine

People ask me all the time about a practice routine. The fact is that every player is at a different point and that changes weekly. The best person to give you a routine is YOU. Look through every one of the method books that you can get your hands on and write down the types of technique that are involved. Keep track of how many times each technique is shown in all the books. (That gives an idea of how important that the authors thinks it is.) Now play some of each technique. (ie double tonguing) and rate how well you do that. Play and rate each type of technique. Now on your chart you have each technique and a rating of your skill. The 1st thing is to attack the low scores. You want things to be even. ie you feel slurs are the weak link so then you […]

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Thermal imaging and spectrum analysis study of trumpet players

For about 100 years we have known that tension at the side of the face (cheek area) inhibits tone production, lessens endurance and impedes range. Using this part of the face creates a “Smile” but sadly most people still do this to some extent when they play. Most never even know it. Many famous teachers have written about it but people keep doing it.I myself have been trying to educate people about this for 40+ years. (I’ve been writing books about this for 20 years.) I decided that showing the muscles used by players that struggle and showing the muscles used by players with range to spare might help. I thought that the best way to show this was to do a Thermal Video Study of players while they were playing. This has never been done before. Nobody ever did thermal images while someone was playing and the video aspect […]

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ITG Journal

“Congratulations to Clint McLaughlin for this informative collection of professional opinions. “The Pros Talk Embouchure” is a helpful tool for better understanding both the differences and the common ground relating to the embouchure. It will hopefully lead to further candid discussions about this vital aspect of trumpet/brass performance. ITG Journal June 2004

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Keith Fiala

Pops; My daughter in Las Vegas sent me this email, titled as “Inspirational”. It was in an internet magazine. When I saw your name, I had to send it to you. Thought you might want to know that you are a positive influence in the world. Never Give Up! Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve known in my heart that I wanted to be a professional trumpet player. Pretty much everyone discouraged the idea because “the music business is tough to break into” I was told. Even after receiving a full-ride scholarship to UT, Austin to study with Raymond Crissara, I was told “you won’t last”. After my second semester at UT, I received a letter from the University stating that my “full-ride” scholarship funding had been pulled by the Texas Legislature……to keep instate kids instate, and undergrad out of staters paying some or full tuition. Being young, […]

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