This video shows developing trumpet players how to practice this type of velocity exercise, or technical study, according to Claude Gordon and my teacher, Bruce Haag. The mistakes you’ll hear are ones common to developing trumpeters and will diminish over time, as I naturally discover the knack of trumpet playing. (see my notes on the videos)
Saint-Jacome, Grand Method for Trumpet or Cornet (Carl Fischer, 2002), 214.
This exercise is part of a customized 5 part lesson plan. Bruce Haag is a certified Claude Gordon instructor, and the practice routines he assigns serve to set goals for progress and to help the student understand exactly what is causing the progress.
Things to remember when you practice
- 5 times 10 breathing exercise before you begin
- Breathe where necessary
- Rest where necessary
- Practice all models (according to ability – not all every day)
- ACCURACY BEFORE SPEED
- BUILD UP – DON’T TEAR DOWN
- BIG BREATH – CHEST UP – SHOULDERS BACK (NOT UP)
- LIFT FINGERS HIGH – STRIKE THE VALVES HARD
“There’s plenty of room at the top – there’s plenty of room at the bottom, too. It’s in the middle where it’s over-crouded. Most players are in that middle group. You have got to practice and learn to play correctly until you get above that group.”