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Learn more about Chris Gekker in the Encyclopedia of Trumpet Players. For trumpet, french horn, trombone, and tuba: books, CDs, DVDs, interviews, online I first became aware of the great Chris Gekker as a student at the Eastman. Notes on Practicing Chris Gekker Constantly monitor your weaknesses and strengths, adjusting your practice accordingly. Focus on what you.

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Notes On Practicing-Chris Gekker. Once or twice a week, play louder than you have ever been asked, but for very short periods, resting more than you play.

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Notes On Practicing-Chris Gekker.

In performance, the most creative and interesting musicians, for all their study, ultimately play by ear, not simply reacting mechanically to what is written on the page. Feel the stomach muscles clench; this is the only way to dynamically engage the torso muscles used in trumpet playing. See the routines listed. Apr 30, 2. Use etudes to practice single and “K” tonguing, even if they are marked slurred. As John Coltrane advised a young musician seeking help, “Just start playing your whole horn, and never stop.


Soft scales and arpeggios to high E, F, FG. The Clarke Technical Studies, properly done, can work quite well, especially if they have been memorized so the player can concentrate on proper feel.

Tdumpet any of us are playing well, we commonly feel that we are playing from a “center” where we feel well-grounded, with a strong, secure presence behind every phrase. Single tongue chromatic triplets, slur arpeggios. If you have a heavy rehearsal and performance schedule, complement the demands being made upon you.

Solo and quintet recitals. The first three months will be the most difficult, but the weekly time investment gets smaller and smaller after that. Arban Complete Method, p.

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And when these articulations are truly mastered, any multiple tonguing will be easy. Use Sachse’s Etudes, each etude in as many standard transpositions as possible. Exceed the demands made upon you in this area.

Porret 24 Etudes melodiques. For particular performance situations, here are some suggestions: Practice pedal notes in this fashion, too. This loud playing should be as relaxed as possible so the tone will be warm and without strain. Discussion in ‘ Trumpet Discussion ‘ started by dbaconJun 4, Use the metronome to make your practices harder than performance conditions, so the concerts will seem easier.


Then we can perform within a zone of relative comfort.

Hold last note until all air is gone, then squeeze the last bit out. This calls for a kind of relentless self-criticism balanced with a healthy enjoyment of what we are doing.

Include louder playing only occasionally, Develop and strive for a concept of a warm, vocal sound. Notes on Practicing Chris Gekker Constantly monitor your weaknesses vekker strengths, adjusting your practice accordingly.

Do six in 30 minutes, starting one every 5 minutes. Colin Lip Flexibilities, 3, 9, 14, Balance the loud practice with soft playing as shown. When you hear a player you admire, on any instrument, you might try to quietly find out how they practice.

Focus on what you grumpet to improve, without neglecting general fundamentals.

Loud – warm up with Schlossberg 30, building volume throughout. Concept is most important: An etude properly studied should be almost memorized, if only temporarily. Soft – warm up with Schlossberg 18, sotto voce, legato tongue, very slow.