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Trumpet Gym: A Daily Workout for Beginner Brass - Set 1

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5 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Trumpet Gym Introduction

    • 2. Set 1 Lip Slur

    • 3. Set 1 Tonguing

    • 4. Set 1 Long Hold

    • 5. Set 1 Breath Control

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About This Class

Trumpet Gym is a series of 8 sets of exercises for beginner brass players. Each set consists of 4 important exercises which should be played daily for at least a week, to develop correct playing technique. In this class you will see each of the 4 exercises from set 1 demonstrated and explained, so you can be sure you are practicing correctly.

This is the first of a series of 8 classes which make up Trumpet Gym. **** Make sure you access the class files****

This class follows on from "How To Play Trumpet From Scratch" and you are advised to take that class before this one if you are a complete beginner.

If you already own Trumpet Gym in either paperback or e.Book, this class serves as a video explainer.

If you would like to own Trumpet Gym you can find the e.Book through the link on the website (select: learn to play) 

Paper copies are available on eBay and Amazon.

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Colin Jones



I'm Colin, a musician currently working as a touring trumpet player in the UK, playing mostly pop, with experience in theatres, music venues, classical settings and recording studios.  I have studied music in great depth and breadth and continue to do so, and my aim is to teach music in a way which is interesting and fun - and accessible to those with no prior experience.

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1. Trumpet Gym Introduction: Welcome to the class trumpet Jim, a daily workout for beginners breath and this Siri's is aimed at beginner brass. But if you're a complete beginner, like never picked in into a book before or perhaps having in governance went yet, you need to go back and find one of my other classes, which is how to play trumpet from scratch, because that takes you through a lot of the fundamentals and very basic essentials that I'm not going to go through again in this series of classes. So if you're a complete beginner, go back and find how to play trumpet from scratch and then come back here afterwards. If you really don't have to pay tribute from scratch or you always you know a little bit about playing welcome, this is the place for you. So Trumpet Jim is available as a paper back. It's available as an e book in all sorts of stores, including lively stores like Script on. You don't need to have a copy of the book. It would be very helpful if you do, but you don't need to. Old make the individual exercise is available for download a zoo a compliment to this course, Trump Jim is basically a daily workout, and it's based on the concept that there are several physical things that we need to condition as brass players in order to be able to play on develop. So what trumpet Jim does? It takes four essential exercises. Andi develops them over a course of eight separate worksheets on. The idea is that you play the four exercises every day for at least a week until you've mastered them. When you've mastered them, you turn over to the next set of exercises and you'll find the same four exercises. But more difficult. I will do this over a period of eight worksheets designed to last at least eight weeks, but certainly much longer and in many, many cases is fine. So you're gonna find one video for each of the four exercises in a brief explanation on, then you'll be able to see me demonstrate them, pointing in the right direction with some hints and tips before you got from practice them on your own. Good luck and enjoy 2. Set 1 Lip Slur: The first exercise in each of the sets is the lips lor exercise sometimes called the tongue level Exercise on What we do with this first exercise is we practice changing from one note to another without making any changes on the instrument. So we're doing two things to effect that change. We are speeding up the air so we suddenly blow much faster on We are moving the tongue from a position if we like into speeches from a position where we might make the sound are which is the low note to where we make the sound e So as we change our Teoh e the arch of the tongue changes. So we're gonna play the low? No. And we're gonna blow faster on arch the Tong Tau E position. And then we get this smooth transition. So the first exercise takes us from C to G. And it should sound like this. Let me do that one more time. Uh, okay. And then we do exactly the same thing, but we're gonna work down through some different valve combinations. So the next step down, we press the second valve and we keep it down for both of the notes for the first note will now be a be on. It's gonna lift up to an F sharp. You don't need to worry too much about this. Just go through the motions and feel and try and create the same sound. So here's the 2nd 1 and then we're going to take another step down. We now play B flat on F. You might find it this day. Some difficulty playing the lower note. If that's the case, relax. Everything blown very softly. Not too much. Pinch in the chops on practice until you create the same sound that I'm making here, taking the 4th 1 down. So now we've got the first on the second valve breast down. He's a on E. Uh, Now we dominate the 5th 1 That's the second and third valve that e flat, says a flat at the bottom, going to e flat the top. Here we are. And then the sixth position, which is the first file on the third valve that gives us a bottom G changing up to a deep. These are very loan. It's now to start with so very relaxed they might take some time to get used to. And then the final one. The seventh position is all three valves press down on. This is the lowest note that we confined on the trumpet. Here we are. Bottom f sharp to bottom. See shop. So I'm gonna go through. There's one more time without without brakes. Here we go. 1st 1 Ah, - Andi , you're gonna practice that do a few times each day she have the time in the patients, but do come back to every single day. We're gonna practice that until the movement is very smooth until there's no interruption, as we change from one note to the next until it all feels easy on gentle. 3. Set 1 Tonguing: the second exercise, Any set is a tonguing exercise. Onda again you'll find more explanation as to how the tongue is used to start the notes in the how to play trumpet from scratch video. But in brief, we use the tongue to interrupt the airflow. So where is a Siris of notes? We could do with a puff of air each time, which will give us a kind of her far found sounds. So you saw me take a breath and blow each note? It's not particularly tidy. What we do instead is we use the tongue to interrupt the airflow. So we get the kind of uh huh, which on the trump? It gives us a nice crisp. Ah, So this Tongi exercising Set one. We're gonna play 41 beat notes, followed by 8/2 be known. So we're going to play. Don't, um um Dum dum done that. And then we get arrest for four counts. We're gonna take a step higher, and then we're gonna do the same pattern again on the next note up. So let me show you the pattern First just on c. So, no valves. Here we are. Ah, Uh huh. So then we count to four in our head. We keep four beats clear on. Then we play the same pattern on deep. Then we keep four beats clear and then play the same pattern on E. And then we did the same thing on F. And then we do the same thing on G. So we're aiming for clarity if you want each note to start very, very neatly. Tar tar car data were aiming to build strength as well. This would be very, very tiring to start with. So by the time you get through to the G, if you get to the G well dug, that may not even come in the first place. And so holding the mouth in that position for this amount of time is quite tiring. It's also quite strengthening as long as you rest often. So I'll go through the whole exercise only interrupted to start with. Ah, Uh huh T three foot. Ah, Uh, 23 for, uh, T three full. Ah, uh, 134 That's the exercise. So we're gonna practice that until we can get through the whole exercise without tiring until we can play every single note very detached. So it's not sloppy or untidy. Okay on, then, because the next exercise in the next set will be much more difficult still. But we'll get to that in good time. Okay, Enjoy. 4. Set 1 Long Hold: the third set of exercises are rather funny, rather strange and a little bit uncomfortable. I've called them long hold exercises on The principle is that we play a Serie of notes, and on the last note we're going to squeeze using all the muscles around the lungs were gonna squeeze on them until there's no air left at all. If you read the likes of Claude Gordon, who's the American trumpeter who kind of pioneered and discovered these techniques somewhat , he describes it as you play until no sound comes out until your stomach shakes. So in this first exercise, we're going to do the reverse of the lips, their exercise, if the lips for exercise we played, Ah, now we're going to start on the G and slow down to the seat and do that long hold. When we do these, it's really important that you keep the chest up. So as the air runs out, keep they keep the chest the cage, but keep the shoulders back on the chest up. You will find a lot aching around your lower back here. Okay, Um, that's OK. It's not pleasant, but it's okay. Why do we do these we do these for two reasons. To my mind, we do them because it strengthens the muscles around the airways, and we and that's important for when we come to play. The higher notes on it also makes us aware that those muscles exist on that they are very important for brass Playing on a lot of what we do is brass place is try and make three correct response is automatic. So the wrong way to play is to push and pinch the lips too tight. So we're trying to automate the process on makers automatically go for the right muscles. Okay, You're allowed to laugh that I demonstrate this 1st 1 Okay, here we go. So you start on the g slow down to the sea on squeeze until all of the air's gone. Ah, they always make me cough without fail. Okay, So the stomach that the center here with quivering and shaking a little bit the sound start coming out and take a little bit around the core here. But that's gonna make me stronger. Okay, so then we do the same thing. We start a step blower. So now we're gonna play. Ah, and there's that cough never failed. Next world. Ah, on the next world need a lie down after these, uh, next one. So he started to eat. I know the step. Lower onto the e flat. And they're the step clever onto the D on. Then the final one to see shop down to the F sharp. These are really good work out for the whole respiratory system. I probably don't need to tell you that. I've just demonstrated thes don't necessarily sound good. Don't worry about that. A lot of these exercises are designed to make a physical action happen on. It's less of a concern that they don't sound good, so don't worry too much about that. 5. Set 1 Breath Control: The final exercise in this set is called Breath Control Exercise. So the idea here is we take a short passage on. We're going to repeat it as many times we possibly can in one breath so we don't stop to breathe, so you'll see. At the end of the exercise, there are two little dots here on in music descends back to the beginning. OK, so we play this simple four bar pattern as many times we are able in one breath. At this stage, you may not be too sure what the note sauce and just to help you a little bit with that, this pattern is made up just to three different notes. We've got the sea, which is the first note here, which is no valves. We looked at that in the lips, lower exercise and the finger in Denmark for you there the next night. Here on the bottom line is the E, which is the first and second valve together. On the final different note is the D, which is this one here just underneath the bottom line, which is the first and third valve together. I'm gonna go through it with you slowly a few times, which would give you a chance to pick up on that. Why do we practice these like this in order for us to play many, many repeats in order to be to play for a long time without taking a breath? A number of other things have to be working really, really well, and so we're probably gonna play quietly. So when we play quietly, the whole here is very small. Thes must have to work quite hard toe hold that hole in a small place. So first to play for a long time in one breath. We've probably got a lot of control over these muscles here. We need to learn simply to control our breath. When we go about our business just in life, not playing a trumpet, we just breathe in and we breathe out without thinking about it on the body takes some automatic reactions. Quite correctly, we wanted to a degree learn to override those. So if I'm coming to the end of a long passage and it's not particularly convenient to break , I need to find within me that extra bit of air so I can carry on a bit longer. If I come to the end of a passage, perhaps as a particularly Heiner, I need to find some air to squeeze on what we just think with a long hold exercises. Teoh, push that note up higher. So we're getting control of our breath. We are practicing changing the vowels rapidly through these complicated patterns, we are synchronizing the attack of the tone that with the changes of the valves, so the breath control exercises are designed to bring a lot of different aspects together. Okay, What I'm gonna do first is just play it for you. I'm gonna do it slowly. Just want through very slowly so that you get the the valves. Andi, Correct pictures. Ah, on again, I can do even more slowly. Ah, um, Now I need a little bit quick in there and I'm gonna play it. Very likely, not much. Push on each note. The more delicate it is, the more repeats unlikely to manage. A really good way to practice. These is to challenge yourself. So if, for example, the first time you try and play, you manage the 1st 8 or nine notes in one breath, put a little tick there on the next time, try and managed 12 notes. If you play the whole thing through in one, go and then managed to start again before you need to breath. Put little mark one plus and then an arrow to show where you got to. And in time, you should expect to do lots and lots of repeats off this on. So I'll finish this part of the clip by seeing how many I can do. E e E. That was quite a lot, but what I can't do is play on count at the same time. So I don't know how many if you get through that once in one breath fantastic. Try and do want on a little bit more. If you can get 23 or four, you're doing really, really well. I would suggest so. Practice this until the valves is probably the valves. They're gonna hold it up most of the start. So practice this until the valve changes come very naturally and very quick and easy on. Then, when you're a position with all four of these exercises that you can play them well and you're comfortable with the menu spent at least a week didn't every day, Then you in a position to move on to set to where you'll find the same for exercises. Just made a little bit more complicated. Well done for surviving this far.