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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…

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…

Chord Tone Etude #1 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #39

For this Exercise of the Week, Bryan Davis presents a new Chord Tone Etude based on the harmonic progression of a well-known jazz standard – “There Will Never Be Another You.” The note choices are limited to chord tones specifically 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 different inversions of the arpeggios, you can arrive at something “almost melodic” like this! Download the PDF of “Chord Tone Etude #1“ We want to hear you playing this exercise! Video yourself playing a key or two that you find…

Clarke #2 – Blues Scale Version for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #38

Download the PDF of “Clarke #2 – Blues Scale Version“ Recent videos have focused on the Blues Scale and Clarke #2. For this Exercise of the Week, Bryan Davis combines them, presenting an adapted version of the Clarke #2 pattern following the blues scale. It makes for some interesting corners to play your way through. 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…

Blues Scale Workout for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #36

Download the PDF of “Blues Scale Workout“ By request, from YouTube commenter @Bernduf, this week’s Exercise of the Week is a basic Blues Scale workout. Often regarded as a starter scale for those of us exploring jazz improvisation for the first time, it’s actually incredibly useful for improvisors of all levels – it can sound convincing in almost any context! 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 #8 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #35

Download the PDF of “Alternative Technical Study #8“ This exercise is another one drawn from something I was practicing for an upcoming tour, which I’ll actually be on when this is published! It really tied my fingers in knots, so I figure you’d like to try it too. Some keys are trickier than others. Have fun shedding it… 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…

Expanding Intervals #1 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #34

Download the PDF of “Expanding Intervals #1“ This week’s #EOTW is part finger workout, part flexibility exercise – a technical drill working a sequence of increasing intervals. This is just one basic permutation of how this pattern could be used – I’ll most likely publish a more comprehensive collection as I practice it more and figure out which one’s are really fun 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…

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