Minor 7th Arpeggios
This video shows developing trumpet players how to practice this type of arpeggio exercise, or tongue level 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)
Claude Gordon, Daily Trumpet Routines (Carl Fischer, 1971), 88-90.
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 beginning
- Practice each model for 3 days
- Breathe when necessary (not on last note)
- Push out ALL the air on last note – until shaking
- Add the upper octave where it’s comfortable
- Rest as long as you play (finger and sing through each line)
- BIG BREATH – CHEST UP – SHOULDERS BACK (NOT UP)
- WATCH THE TONGUE
- LIFT FINGERS HIGH – STRIKE THE VALVES HARD
This kind of breathing exercise is described in many of Claude Gordon’s books, namely Brass Playing Is No Harder Than Deep Breathing.
“Always think of why you are practicing an exercise, and what you are developing. Aimless blowing will never develop anything.”—