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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…

How to Avoid Overblowing on Trumpet! | #TrumpetProTips E14

In this week’s #TrumpetProTips, Bryan Davis discusses a different way to avoid Overblowing on the Trumpet, or any brass instrument. This is a tip anybody can employ to play easier and sound better! 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 watch all the previous episodes at: EOTW Playlist…

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…

Blocked Buzzing 101 | #TrumpetProTips #12

It’s been some time since we talked about Trumpet Isometrics – exercises to strengthen and rebalance the embouchure. In this video, Bryan Davis explains to do the isometric exercise known variously as “Blocked Buzzing” or the “Hermetic Seal”. It’s a great way to build and engage your embouchure corners. 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…

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…

Alternative Technical Study #7 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #33

Download the PDF of “Alternative Technical Study #7“ Very often, the Exercise of the Week is based on something I’ve found challenging to play during the previous week or two. This one is based on a lick that cropped up on a recent project with the Afro- Latin Jazz Orchestra here in NYC. I added a few notes to make it easier to loop, when I was practicing it, and now I’m sharing it with you. I wrote this out in all 12 keys so I could really get to grips with the shape of the airflow across the whole phrase. Number 13 on the downloadable PDF is the original key I have to play it in. We want to hear you playing this exercise! Video yourself…

How To Build your Range! | #TrumpetProTips E09

By far the most frequently asked question Bryan Davis receives is about how to develop the upper register. In this episode of #TrumpetProTips, Bryan explains a surefire method for how to build your range. This works for anybody, at any level of range development, and will solidify and expand your high register. For recent tips on Breathing and Breath Support, mentioned in this video, please watch #TrumpetProTips E08. 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…

Twisted Flexibilities #2 for Trumpet | Exercise of the Week #32

Download the PDF of “Twisted Flexibilities #2” In this video, Bryan Davis presents a new set of Twisted Flexibilities. They are a fun and challenging alternative to lip flexibilities/lip slurs you may practice in your daily routine. For rhythmic variety, this particular set are all in 7/8. 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 know…

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