Claude Gordon Tongue Level Exercises, Part 2

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

  1. 5 times 10 breathing exercise before you begin
  2. Each exercise tongued then slurred
  3. BIG BREATH – CHEST UP – SHOULDERS BACK (NOT UP)
  4. WATCH THE TONGUE

The Systematic Approach: trumpet and brass players can naturally discover the knack of trumpet playing

“Keep the chest up, and you are ready for anything you must play. If you should turn the page and there is a high “F” staring at you, and your chest is down, you will miss it.”— Claude Gordon

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