What number comes next in this series: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, ?
So far so good… How about this one: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ?
At this point you’re either enjoying yourself or having terrifying flashbacks to grade-school math. Are you ready for this week’s scale pattern? It’s a musical riddle:
The solution is after the jump… Continue reading
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There are countless approaches to teaching, but in this post I want to share one simple idea that has intrigued me for years. This question has helped me evaluate my own teaching and understand (without judging) the teaching of others.
So, here’s the big question: Continue reading
Back to Stamp this week for another classic pattern:
As we did in part four, let’s break this exercise down: Continue reading
This week I’m going to demonstrate an important practice technique:
- Identify a difficult technical passage
- Extract the excerpt and practice it on its own
- Memorize the excerpt
- Vary and transpose the excerpt as widely as possible
As our source, we’ll take a well-known passage from George Enesco’s Légende:
One of my pet peeves is shelling out $20-50 for a method book only to discover that over 90% of the book is completely wasted space, taken up by writing out the exact same exercise twenty times in all possible keys/registers. My filing cabinet is full of books that could be summarized in a page or two. Worse, many of these books are already in the public domain, meaning they are public property and could be available for free (depending on where you live).
If any of you pedagogically-minded trumpeters are bored this summer, I always thought it would be a fun project to make a trumpet “crib sheet” summarizing various books or sections of books (Clarke, Arban, Irons, Colin, Schlossberg, etc.) in as little space as possible.
In the spirit of variety and creativity, I wanted to show how you can start to invent your own exercises or modify existing ones to keep ideas fresh. So this week we’re going to take one of the previous exercises (#4, the “Chromatic Do-Re-Mi”) and generate new exercises based on it. As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Continue reading
This week’s pattern is a current favourite of mine. The exercise comes from Warm-ups and Studies by James Stamp.
The hieroglyphics, fermatas and repeats in Stamp’s exercises can be intimidating. When I was seventeen and first saw the book it looked like a foreign language. But it made more and more sense as I matured, learned about trumpet pedagogy, and met trumpeters who had studied with Stamp. Let’s take a moment to break this one down.