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Alternative Technical Study #11 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #52

Download the PDF of “Alternative Technical Study #11“ For this Exercise of the Week, Bryan Davis presents another Alternative Technical Study. This one is a somewhat angular Dorian mode line, a further example that the inner parts from arrangements can yield some interesting and challenging things to play!  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 to address, please let us…

Twisted Flexibilities #5 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #51

For this Exercise of the Week, we have another set of Twisted Flexibilities. This collection has all the odd meter flexibility goodness you’ve come to know and love, along the additional twist of a coordinated note bend in the patterns. It’s great for dialing in your airspeed, to make your lip slurs extra precise. Download the PDF of “Twisted Flexibilities #5” For more on note bending, please watch “N for Note Bending.” 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 to address, please let us know – your suggestion could be the…

Upper Register Tonguing for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #50

By request, this Exercise of the Week focuses on developing clear and consistent tonguing in the upper register. Bryan Davis is here, as ever, to show you how to reverse engineer, then practice, a correct articulation at the top of the staff and beyond. Download the PDF of “Upper Register Tonguing #1” For more on tonguing, please watch #TrumpetProTips E17. 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 to address, please let us know – your suggestion could be the topic of a future video! Exercise of the Week with Bryan Davis…

Chord Tone Etude #2 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #49

Download the PDF of “Chord Tone Etude #2“ For this Exercise of the Week, Bryan Davis presents a new Chord Tone Etude based on the harmonic progression of a well-known bebop standard – “Confirmation.” The note choices are limited to the basic chord tones (root, 3rd, 5th, 7th only) indicated by the chord symbols, which are included. When learning new tunes, it can be extremely useful to arpeggiate through the changes to develop a sense of the voice leading, particularly if you are not proficient on the piano, or another chordal instrument. By incorporating direction changes, and different inversions of the arpeggios, you can arrive at something “almost melodic” like this! Missed Chord Tone Etude #1? Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/YMjop3FsFZE Check back every Monday…

Quick Facility Warmup for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #48

Download the PDF of “Quick Facility Warmup“ This “Quick Facility Warm Up” is the sort of thing I play everyday to get my chops moving and air moving after my basic warmup. It combines different fundamentals to let you quickly feel which areas need more attention in your daily maintenance, as well as letting you quickly get going again if you’re re-warming up after playing earlier in the day. 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 to address, please let us know – your suggestion could be the topic of a…

Melodic Tonguing Routine for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #47

Download the PDF of “Melodic Tonguing Routine #1“ This “Melodic Tonguing” Routine is part of a longer routine, working on tonguing along the subdivision chain. This excerpt contains the first 3 subdivisions of the beat – quarter notes, eighth notes and eighth note triplets. The full routine will be part of a forthcoming Airflow Music book. More details about that in due course… The exercises in this routine should be single-tongued, with the sort of smooth and connected approach you would use to play a melody, either in a solo piece or an orchestral excerpt such as “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Mussorgsky. Play the higher keys softly and crescendo as you descend. Check back every Monday for a new Exercise of the Week! #EOTW…

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…

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