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Trumpet Gym: A Daily Workout for Beginner Brass - Set 4

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5 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Trumpet Gym Set 4 Introduction.

    • 2. Set 4 Lip Slur

    • 3. Set 4 Tonguing

    • 4. Set 4 Long Hold

    • 5. Set 4 Breath Control

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

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 4 demonstrated and explained, so you can be sure you are practicing correctly.

These classes follows on from "How To Play Trumpet From Scratch" and you are advised to take that class before following the Trumpet Gym classes in order, for best results.

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 Set 4 Introduction.: welcome to be third in the series of video explaining classes to accompany the trumpet Jim , a daily workout for beginners breast Siri's Trump It Jim is a progressive program, so there are Siris of four exercises, which get progressively more difficult over a period of at least eight weeks. So if you're new to trumpet gym and you found this video first, I suggest you go back and find the first in the Siri's, because there will be things that are explained more fully in the earlier classes that won't be explained again here because we'll build on the knowledge that you have already. If you're completely new trumpet playing, I recommend you go back even further and find my how to play trumpet from scratch video, which will guide you through the fundamentals of making a sound and again lots of things that won't be covered in this class. If you're here having already done all of that welcome, and we should get started and get on with the first exercise 2. Set 4 Lip Slur: Okay. So again we begin with the lips. Their exercise. Now, So far in classes one on two and three, we've worked between the 1st 2 notes that are available. So so far, we've worked between the notes C on G. And if we refer back briefly to set free the lips, their exercise hadas working more quickly between those two notes, we've been playing, uh, and then working down through the seven positions, uh, on so on down through all seven positions. So hopefully by the time we've moved on to this class, we're finding that quite easy to to move from. So what we're going to do in the lips Look for this set set for again introduce another note. Highest. So now we're going to start on the higher of the two notes you play before the G, so we slur before Now that note there, the G is now gonna be our starting point, and we're gonna try and slur up to the next harmonic, which is the next CIA notches higher. So now the problem we're trying to get is this. So two of those notes are the same as the two that we worked with before, See Ah, but now we put in that extra note him. So a quick reminder about how we get the pitch to change upwards we keep the corners firm. We aren't the tongue further towards that e sound. We kicked the air a little more firmly from the diaphragm, so it's more of a lot more of a power kick. I'm and then we just move smoothly between each of those notes. Here we go. So I going to do this again? Now I'm gonna work through all the same seven positions that we've done with the previous example. So here we go. Here's the 1st 1 are you should notice that the kick of air goes to the top. No. And then I mirrored that by backing off for the lowest one more time. Exaggerate that this time and then through the other seven position. So just second valve. So that was the two examples that written out fully in the exercise. And then he says, underneath repeat downward, using the following valve position. So here's our next position. First, first and second valve together. Uh, second and third, first on food. Uh, 123 Ah, That's our seven positions that we should be quite familiar with by now. Remember, if there's any resistance particular going up to that new note, the high sea that we haven't played yet, it's almost certainly going to be the tongue, not moving. So if we keep the tongue flat, uh, it's really hard. It's impossible to make that lift up. So it's the arch of the E way we talked about in the early classes. Remember to keep the Airstream moving all the time. A constant oh, that the corners hold firm to keep the Airstream allowed the tone just to move that the pitch the note up and down into place. Andi, use the squeeze on the dire from and the intercostal muscles toe. Give the extra air speed that we need to lift the picture so practice thes until they come smoothly on easily. Make sure you're always slurring. If you find yourself doing this, keep working at it. Make sure that no Ben's from that first note, the G up to the state enjoy 3. Set 4 Tonguing: the second exercise on set four is again a tonguing exercise. So these Orender getting a steady and neat attack on each note Okay, on playing in time. So the tummy exercising set three introduced the triplets so previously will play one beat knows tar tar. Then we introduced half beat notes fork waivers, that data and then set free. We introduced the triplet quavers, so free equal notes on each beat. So that that that that that that that so for set for we go to introduce semi Cuevas semi quavers. As the name suggests, we're not gonna put four notes on each beats a semi Cuevas will fall like so Okay, so we're gonna play, Make sure you download these so you have your own version to read from, but we're gonna play the one beats followed by the half beats followed by the quarter beat . So in all that's going to be that on, we're looking for a clean start to each note. Andi, we're looking for an even tempo and even speed, so I shall tap my foot as I go through them. It's really important that we don't start off quickly. Where those long notes are tar car on gradually slowed down as it gets more difficult Aim for to be consistent even if it's consistently slow to start with. And then we build speed or altogether. So let me play that pattern for you at a fairly steady tempo. Three, four. Um Ah, so that's that strike. You don't know that. So now I play a little bit more, Um, quickly. Here we get Ah, uh e ah. Now, hopefully, as you can see, when I'm playing that there's very little movement going on all of the work, all of the activities happening inside the mouth. It's the tongue. It's a steady stream of air that's continuous. The mouth isn't doing much contorting or moving is just the tongue that striking each name . Okay, so we're gonna play these on all the notes that are within your comfortable range that maybe C d E f g. I'm gonna carry on through to the A, which we introduced in set to If you feel you can carry on a bit higher try. I think this is probably far enough for now. So I'm gonna play the full exercise through carry on from C. D. E to F to G and then to a If you want to carry on high, the B is there on second valve only on then the sea is the open. No valves This that the new Know that we're just introduced in the lips Lor Okay, maybe get Ah uh ah. Um g three Sure. Ah, uh ah three in e ah, I want to three. Yes. Uh e ah three Jeanne On what? She three a e Ah. And if you feel like carrying on beyond that point and it's all working well for you, so be would be next on there and see so neatness clean articulation on every note is very important on an even speed and even tempo is very important. Those two things are more important than playing the whole exercise quickly. Okay, so this is about accuracy on neatness. So practice that until all of that becomes easy because the next one is going to be harder still enjoy 4. Set 4 Long Hold: on the third exercise in Set four is a long hold exercise again so briefly to recap. So these are the process would play a short pattern, usually slurred on. Then we hold the very last note just and squeeze with the shoulders but in the rib cage up and we squeeze and squeeze and squeeze until all of the air's gone on these air, designed to bring strength to the core on to bring awareness to the muscle that we used to squeeze. So it's the way that we power the instrument. So the pattern for set four we're still using this. The three knows that we used in set to actually. So we're now rather than playing. Ah OK, same three notes, which is C, E and G. We're now going to start on the G again in the same way that we did with the lips, their exercise in set foot, and we're gonna play through this Ah, in there that squeeze on the last night. So again, without the squeeze slowly, uh, so we get to practice a sort of easy lips lor exercise as well through these and the idea is we just stretching ourselves all the time trying to play longer phrases and more repetitions and try make our breath last longer. OK, so the fingering for the second exercise here, the 2nd 1 in this set, we're going to go the the that's gonna loop. So here it is without the hold. Okay. Here with the long hold. You see the 2nd 1 starting on the f sharp. Ah, I'm as we're doing these. Make sure we keep the shoulders back, chest up and be very careful not to choke the throat. Okay. Keep the throat open. Keep the mouth open on. Just let the air through. Just really squeeze on from him. Okay, here's the 3rd 1 So we now playing I, uh uh here is without a long hold. Uh, okay. You get this time. Remind you again. These don't necessarily need to sound good. You can tell. I'm sure that mine don't. This is just about that physical squeeze on the on the muscles around the airways. Okay. The next one. This is the 4th 1 I got distracted by my little finger moving up and down on the screen. Let me do that. One again. Uh, I came on here we are with the long hold. This is the 4th 1 in this exercise way again. Remember to keep squeezing even after the sound stopped. If there's a little bit of air left, just keep squeezing on it. This is something of an endurance test. Okay, The next one. This is the 5th 1 So we're starting here? Uh huh. Huh. On the sixth floor is going to be are, uh, with long hold. And now the final one. Israel. Very low now. So you might find these. Take a little bit of work to get this continuity down here. So the final one, uh, wait long hold. Okay. They're fun. They make you take a little bit that make me cough a lot, But they're very, very important, cause they do strengthen the right muscles on. They bring awareness that they're They're actually so that we more inclined to call upon them when we need them. Enjoy 5. Set 4 Breath Control: the fourth exercise on set for is again a breath control exercise. This is the idea that we play a long passage of music and we try to repeat it many, many, many, many, many times in one breath. Why do we do this? Because in order for that to work, by the time we can play it monetizing one breath, a number of things are going well. So we've developed some control over our breath so we don't just let all the air in one go . We learned Teoh pace ourselves and release over a period of time. The brain is talking to the fingers efficiently and the fingers are moving Well, the tongue is synchronizing the attack of the note with the change of the valves. Um, on we are just playing more quickly and more quietly. When we play quietly. We strengthen these muscles here because we make everything very, very small. Okay, so we have an eight bar pattern on which we're going to go through on the 1st 4 bars. Fairly simple. We're just gonna play C e f g g f e d c. So we're just playing up through the 1st 4 notes five notes and then back down again. Like so. Ah. Okay, let's go through that again. So this is the 1st 4 bars starting on the seat. Uh ah. Okay. And if we look at the next two bars, we've got lots of jumping around here, so we play C g f g e g e d g. Can we get uh huh on the game? Uh, uh huh. In case that let's play the 1st 6 bars, everything we've done so far. Here again. Uh huh. Ah, Uh huh. Okay, so that brings us to the final Four bars on. We're going to carry on now with just a straight scale. This is a C major scale, actually, that you don't need to know that. But you do. So we're just gonna play C d E f g a And then the two new notes I mentioned earlier B c. So just those eight knows incremental all in succession. Like so? Uh huh. Okay, let's try that from the beginning. Now. Uh huh. Ah, and then the final two bars, we're gonna drop back down to the G. Ah, her Let me get all the way back to the beginning. Mom, we can These double dots here we're familiar were Take us back to the start. Okay. So C d e f g g f e d c c g f g e g e d g c d e f g a b c g f e d c d E d c D e f g And around again. Okay, if you don't read music. I appreciate that. This is quite a hard task, actually. I suspect you're gonna want to stop the video Lots and lots and lots on. Go through a little bit by little bit. Maybe make your own notes on your if you print out the exercise. So investment time in its unconscious. This is a very difficult thing for those that might not read music yet. Okay, so now I'm gonna try and play a few times through, so I'm trying place quietly very quickly on efficiently, not theory. That's the big thing. Really? Okay. And e e e. Okay. I think that was full. I'm conscious that I'm trying to play quieter and quieter all way through because I'm fully aware that it's very, very strengthening, and it has a huge benefits. Playing quietly has a huge benefits with stamina. I'm with how high we can play and all sorts of crazy things. It's definitely worth spending some time. So, really, if you're getting through that once in one breath any time soon, you're doing great. If you could get through it twice in one breath. Really, really, really well, during the any more than that excellent hats off to you. Okay, so that's the four exercises from the set. Four the lips lor the tonguing the long hold on the breath Control, Take your time. Don't be in any rush to move on because, as you've seen already, if you follow this from the beginning like your men to get progressively more difficult. So there isn't really any benefit to trying to jump ahead before you're ready. If it takes a week or a month, that's completely fine. But don't move on until you're absolutely comfortable with what you're doing so far. Make sure you download the before exercising, which provided with the class so that you've got something to read through. Andi, we'll see you in the next set. Thanks very much. Enjoy