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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You must log in or sign up to reply here. This relaxation can be achieved by pushing back our barriers of volume farther than we would ever be asked to play. Gkker strain; you might feel occasional fatigue but you should feel like you could play all day on these studies. Learn piano to study harmony, but also study harmony on your horn, learning to outline harmonic progressions by yourself.

One etude a week, done with careful hard work, is plenty. The thirty-minute sessions of almost nonstop playing is what I tgumpet. Oliver Nelson Patterns for Improvisation, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, Play slowly enough to finish each exercise perfectly. When I am playing all day long, I’ll still try to do a Clarke study, a few long tones squeezing all the air outseveral lip slur patterns through all seven valve combinations, and a few minutes of intensive single and “K” tonguing.

Here are my recommendations: Gordon Systematic Approach, Lesson 8, Part 1. Learning transposition from these methods will result in a shallow, easily rattled technique. Realize that significant results from this kind of program will take six weeks or so, at least. Exceed the demands made upon you in this area.

On middle C, single tongue sixteenth notes for one minute, breathing when necessary. geoker

Musically, it will help achieve the kind of rhythmic discipline from which we can develop a sense of true rubato. This calls for a kind of relentless self-criticism balanced with a healthy enjoyment of what we are doing.


Write solo pieces that show what you do best, even if you trumpeg be the only audience. Rest a few minutes, gekler straight through. Charlier 36 Etudes, Use the metronome to make your practices harder than performance conditions, so the concerts will seem easier.

Schlossberg Daily Drills, 82, very slow, long last note, continue into pedal register. This way you will always get stronger and stronger as you perform the piece from the beginning.

Suggestions for a practice routine Similar sessions on any demanding piece will benefit all of us. Trumept player, no matter how good, makes mistakes, but the very best performers do two things: Strengthening the tongue in this fashion will make all playing more limber, relaxed, and flexible.

Once or twice a week, play louder than you have ever been asked, but for very short periods, resting more than you play. Intonation will correct itself with patient practice and playing these tones too loudly will forfeit many of the benefits.

If I have time to really practice hours, though this time is usually in two or three segmentsI will occasionally write down what I plan to practice, perhaps loosely organized like the sections listed here.

When practicing “K” tonguing many players experience a tightening of the throat area, especially when this drill is rather new. Porret 24 Etudes melodiques. This loud playing should be as relaxed as possible so the tone will be warm and without strain.

For particular performance situations, here are some suggestions: Be able to play ten to fifteen of the most standard by memory at any time. Don’t pucker the lips to produce these notes and don’t “bark” from pedal C downward, trying to get these pitches in tune. As hard as any of us practice, it won’t mean much unless we always keep listening, both while we play and also away from the horn, remaining open to new musical ideas and concepts.


And when these articulations are truly mastered, any multiple tonguing will be easy. Yes, my password is: Approximate the feeling by whistling two notes, back and forth.

Discussion in ‘ Trumpet Discussion ‘ started by dbaconJun 4, Hold last note until all air is gone, then squeeze the last bit out. Avoid all-out sessions on consecutive days, if possible.

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Personally, I prefer to work in fairly intense periods of minutes, resting about 5 minutes between each. Write exercises and etudes dealing with problems you gekkrr. Just wanted to bump this thread up because this is an excellent routine. When 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.

Simply improvising scales, arpeggios, slurs, and different articulations is also good. The possibilities are endless, but here are some suggestions: Use both Bb gekkre C trumpets for all excerpts, when possible.

At first, the indicated rest will make this routine seem easier, but the higher tessitura will eventually take its toll. Apr 30, 2. Learn these in sets of five or so, giving yourself plenty of time to study the scores and hear how they sound played by different orchestras, different conductors.

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Hold the last note until all air is gone, then squeeze the last bit out. Jun 4, 1. Each phrase several times, resting between each.