File: PDF, 9. Undeniably, the trumpet is a difficult a n d u n p r e d i c t a b l e instrument to play, a n d it is technical proficie that enables one to perform w i t h beauty, control, endurance a n d consistency. As a result, dedicated student ol the trumpet often experience a " s y m p h o n y " of technical phobias. It is my intention in this method to systematically d e a l w i t h these problems in a musical w a y t h r o u g h carefully o r g a n i z e d technical, harmonic a n d melodic s ies a n d concise text. The secret to constant a n d quick improvement o n the trumpet is consistent d a i l y practice w h i l e keeping e fundamentals of efficient breath control a n d musical artistry in m i n d at all times. Trumpet is one of the most versatile of instru- L k U ments, a n instrument that is c a p a b l e of crossing a n y stylistic or cultural boundary.
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File: PDF, 7. Many of the duets and etudes in Book 3 are intended for use as unaccompanied recital pieces as well.
For maximum benefit, Books 1 and 2 should be studied extensively. As always, trumpet players should warm up thoroughly as detailed on the next two pages before playing anything demanding. Trumpet is one of the most versatile of instruments, an instrument that is capable of crossing any stylistic or cultural boundary. The freedom and enjoyment available in music can be had through daily practice.
The more organized your practicing is, the more fruitful it will be. Here, then, is a suggestion. Practice in three to minute segments, resting where necessary. Segment one is the warm up, segment two is technical study and segment three is playing music material such as solos, etudes, orchestral literature, etc. Vary the material to avoid forming bad habits, boredom and to learn new things each day. You must be your own best teacher.
Listen with honest ears. Always try to improve. When problems occur,; refer back to fundamental thoughts on breathing and sound.
Most problems will correct themselves. Best wishes and good luck. Preparation is required, not only to meet the physical demands of trumpet playing, but also to initiate the mental focus and concentration necessary for making music. The following is a warm-up routine in four parts with variations for each day of the week.
Remember to concentrate on the basic fundamentals from the first note of each new practice day i. Finally, prepare mentally to approach whatever exercise or piece of music you are about to play in the most musical and artistic way possible.
D Buzz the mouthpiece in the approximate range indicated. The sound should be "fat," full and without gaps as you slide downward. Keep repeating until there are no gaps. Be aggressive and demanding of yourself. It is possible to improve your trumpet sound almost immediately by working on the mouthpiece. For extended buzzing, use the following triads. Check pitches at the piano while buzzing whenever possible.
Be sure you are producing a fat, forte tone. Articulate heavily. Make the legato notes very long and the marcato notes fat and spaced—no breathing allowed in the middle of a line.
This method is an excellent tool for relaxing the lips and warming down as well. For additional "loosening up," repeat the preceding exercise 8va, resting wherever necessary. Start each playing day with the three steps above. Some days may require more warming up than others due to the playing demands of the previous day or your biorhythmic cycle, but warming up well never hurts, it only helps. Finally, play the technical studies found in Book 1 that are indicated for each appropriate day.
In this way you can vary your warm up, maintain interest and learn new scales and fingering patterns quickly. Work gradually day to day through all of the keys until you can play each study with a minimum of technical "hang-ups. Ideal warm-up time should eventually be minutes. They are physically demanding and, therefore, useful later in your practice time. Lip strength more accurately, the strength of the muscle structure around the lips as a goal is greatly overemphasized.
Although strength is important to a degree, range, endurance, a beautiful sound and advanced technique as a complete package are based on efficiency of breath control, not brute strength. The goal one should pursue is not to be totally relaxed, but to maintain sufficient mental and physical control in order to enjoy playing music and play well.
Experience is the real key. Take every possible opportunity to perform. Play for friends and family. Casual settings can be of great help when done frequently. As a useful by-product, the more one performs and is heard, the more likely one will be asked to participate in other musical settings. That is the process through which one rises to the top of the music community, no matter how large or small the community. Here are a couple of practical pointers to help you defeat performance anxiety: Ф Warm up well several hours before performance time to ensure lip suppleness and good response.
Resistence causes tension. Tension causes playing problems. Let the wave pass through your body. Observe the feeling as it happens. The less you concentrate on dry mouth, the sooner moisture will return. Do not dwell on them. There is always time to think about that later. Breathe deeply and project the air confidently through the instrument. The rest will fall into place. Present time is the key to performing from memory without slips as well.
The second player should start at the beginning after the first player has completed the first bar. Appropriate fermatas are notated at the end.
The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method. Book 1. Technical Studies
The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method, Book 2