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Range Smoothing Routine for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #46

Download the PDF of “Range Smoothing #1“ This “Range Smoothing” Routine is designed to help you build and solidify your range, while maintaining a connected approach to all registers of the instrument. To begin with, aim to sustain each fermata for 10 seconds. This is an expanding series. However, while you should practice all the keys below the start note, you should only expand upwards if you are successful in playing the fermata for the full duration. Otherwise, repeat the key you are stuck at, to develop your consistency on that pitch before moving higher. For tips on playing more effortlessly, watch: #TrumpetProTips E08 We want to hear you playing this exercise! Video yourself playing a key or two that you find challenging and share…

Alternative Technical Study #10 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #45

Download the PDF of “Alternative Technical Study #10“ For this Exercise of the Week, Bryan Davis presents another Alternative Technical Study. This one is a melodic pattern adapted to the major, minor, wholetone and diminished scales. There are 2 versions – one pairing the major and diminished patterns, and another pairing the wholetone and minor variations. Great for scale recognition and fluidity moving around the instrument. We want to hear you playing this exercise! Video yourself playing a key or two that you find challenging and share on Facebook or Instagram, tagging @AirflowMusicNYC. We’ll repost our favourites! Check back every Monday for a new Exercise of the Week! #EOTW #GoPractice If you have questions or comments about this video, we want to hear them! If…

Twisted Flexibilities #4 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #44

Download the PDF of “Twisted Flexibilities #4“ This Exercise of the Week is by request, from an Instagram and Facebook post, over the weekend. Viewer Dave P., asked for an exercise to work on larger interval accuracy in fast passages. These are often tricky because you are moving into a different partial of the range, so it’s easy to chip notes. To work on this, Bryan Davis presents the 4th collection of his Twisted Flexibilities, the first to introduce “Skip 1” flexibilities to the exercise. We want to hear you playing this exercise! Video yourself playing a key or two that you find challenging and share on Facebook or Instagram, tagging @AirflowMusicNYC. We’ll repost our favourites! Check back every Monday for a new Exercise of…

Fingers & Flow #1 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #43

For this Exercise of the Week, Bryan Davis presents a technical flow study entitled “Fingers & Flow #1”. This challenging exercise combines scale and arpeggio patterns in 2 chromatically adjacent keys. Since this is one of the trickier exercises in the series, Bryan breaks down his approach to practicing it and getting it, quite literally, up to speed. Download the PDF of “Fingers & Flow #1“ We want to hear you playing this exercise! Video yourself playing a key or two that you find challenging and share on Facebook or Instagram, tagging @AirflowMusicNYC. We’ll repost our favourites! Check back every Monday for a new Exercise of the Week! #EOTW #GoPractice If you have questions or comments about this video, we want to hear them! If…

Inversion Therapy #1 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #42

For this Exercise of the Week, Bryan Davis presents the first of a set of exercises known as Inversion Therapy. Not as complicated as it sounds, it’s a simple developed scale pattern on the harmonic minor which descends first then ascends in the second half, which is the reverse of how we commonly practice scales. Download the PDF of “Inversion Therapy #1“ We want to hear you playing this exercise! Video yourself playing a key or two that you find challenging and share on Facebook or Instagram, tagging @AirflowMusicNYC. We’ll repost our favourites! Check back every Monday for a new Exercise of the Week! #EOTW #GoPractice If you have questions or comments about this video, we want to hear them! If you have a request…

Tips for Better Tonguing on Trumpet! | #TrumpetProTips E17

In this episode of #TrumpetProTips, Bryan Davis presents tips for better tonguing on the trumpet, or any brass instrument. Included is advice about both single tonguing and, since it’s frequently requested, developing multiple tonguing – i.e. double tonguing and triple tonguing. Clean up and speed up your articulation today! If you have questions or comments about this video, we want to hear them! If you have a topic you’d like Bryan Davis to make a video about, please let us know – your suggestion could be the subject of a future video! Trumpet Lessons with Bryan Davis are available in-person, if you’re in the New York City area, or via Skype if you live elsewhere. For more information, please visit: http://bryandav.is/teaching Join us on Monday…

Twisted Flexibilities #3 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #41

For this Exercise of the Week, Bryan Davis presents another set of Twisted Flexibilities. These can be used to add variety to your daily practice, and reduce the monotony of practicing the same things over and over again. This set are all in 5/8, so you can familiarize yourself with that meter too. Download the PDF of “Twisted Flexibilities #3“ We want to hear you playing this exercise! Video yourself playing a key or two that you find challenging and share on Facebook or Instagram, tagging @AirflowMusicNYC. We’ll repost our favourites! Check back every Monday for a new Exercise of the Week! #EOTW #GoPractice If you have questions or comments about this video, we want to hear them! If you have a request for an…

Alternative Technical Study #9 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #40

For this Exercise of the Week, Bryan Davis presents another Alternative Technical Study. This one is an upside-down diminished scale pattern with increasing intervals. It should be practiced in all 12 keys as notated, then repeated playing as many keys as possible 1 octave higher. Download the PDF of “Alternative Technical Study #9“ We want to hear you playing this exercise! Video yourself playing a key or two that you find challenging and share on Facebook or Instagram, tagging @AirflowMusicNYC. We’ll repost our favourites! Check back every Monday for a new Exercise of the Week! #EOTW #GoPractice If you have questions or comments about this video, we want to hear them! If you have a request for an area of technique you’d like an EOTW…

What’s The Best Mouthpiece for High Notes? | #TrumpetProTips E16

This video is Bryan Davis’ response to a most frequently asked question – “What’s The Best Mouthpiece For High Notes?” Included are tips for what to look for when trying trumpet mouthpieces. Watch “M for Mouthpiece” from the Trumpet A-Z: https://youtu.be/b78U1z4TM7Q If you have questions or comments about this video, we want to hear them! If you have a topic you’d like Bryan Davis to make a video about, please let us know – your suggestion could be the subject of a future video! Trumpet Lessons with Bryan Davis are available in-person, if you’re in the New York City area, or via Skype if you live elsewhere. For more information, please visit: http://bryandav.is/teaching Join us on Monday for another Exercise of the Week. You can…

A Different Approach to Range on Trumpet! | #TrumpetProTips E15

Following on from the last #TrumpetProTips, about how to avoid overblowing, Bryan Davis is here with a different way to think about range on the trumpet. If you missed the last #TrumpetProTips – “How to Avoid Overblowing on Trumpet!” – please watch it at: https://youtu.be/iV3eRn8v17Q or here. For many of my students who’ve developed the feel for the “sigh” breath, this distance based approach to range has been very successful! If you have questions or comments about this video, we want to hear them! If you have a topic you’d like Bryan Davis to make a video about, please let us know – your suggestion could be the subject of a future video! Trumpet Lessons with Bryan Davis are available in-person, if you’re in the…

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