This video shows how developing trumpet players at my level should practice this type of flexibility 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, Tongue Level Exercises for Trumpet (Carl Fischer, 1981), 10-11.
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
- Each exercise tongued then slurred
- BIG BREATH – CHEST UP – SHOULDERS BACK (NOT UP)
- WATCH THE TONGUE
“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.”—