What trumpet has this medallion on it’s bell?
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It is now February, it is cold and I am beginning to work on my resolution!- I have a list of new projects to consider. Are you organizing your plan(s) for the new year??
Here are some thoughts for your consideration. 1.) Practice 2.) Piece for Listening 3.) Of Interest 4.) Revisited and a “groundhog day” experience
In January, the Chestnut Brass Company played Eric Ewazen’s Burek Dance from his Balkanika – Four Scenes from the Balkans for brass quintet. It reminded me that as much as trumpet players think about range, sound or endurance we cannot forget that fingers are important as well. There are standard things we need to practice so as to be sure the fingers will perform smoothly. So what to practice? Scales and arpeggios do a lot, but awkward cross fingerings are a special thing. For most of us that means spending time with Technical Studies written by Herbert Clarke (especially the Second Study and Third Study).
Example Second Study
Example Third Study
You should become familiar with these gems…
In addition, there are many other options
Anthony Plog- Method for Trumpet- Book 2, Fingering Exercises Balquhidder Music
Allan Vizzutti- The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method Book 1 Technical Studies, Finger Flexibilities pages 66-77 and Technical Studies pages 32-65.
Robert Nagel- Speed Studies for Trumpet, pub. Mentor Music (good for pattern recognition too!)
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A fun different book is:
Klose 209 Tone and Finger Exercises (for trumpet, clarinet or guitar) pub. David Gornston Music
Finally, here is a finger drill that was passed around when I was a student. Unfortunately I do not know who wrote the drill, but it does work the fingers. This exercise isolates each finger combination on the trumpet, so each combination gets a thorough workout.
Any of these books should have a place in your music library! There are many more studies, books and etudes from other schools of trumpet playing besides these American choices and all have something to offer.
Here are the fragments from the Burek Dance that told me to practice my finger drills more often!
2.) Listening Project
Here are some wonderful performances to listen to and study how the players interpret the style of the piece.Last month it was an unaccompanied trumpet piece.This time it is a duo- trumpet and piano, piano as a soloist too; not in the role of accompanying instrument.Both are equal partners in the musical adventure.
Paul Hindemith Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Mvt I: Mit Kraft
Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet – Havard Gimse, piano
Maurice André, trumpet – Jean Hubeau, piano
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet – Judith Lynn Stillman, piano
Vadim Novikov, trumpet – Michail Mishin, piano