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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Hold last note until all air is gone, then squeeze the last bit out.

When practicing “K” tonguing many players experience a tightening of the throat area, especially when this drill is rather new. The soft practice will improve your sensitivity and give you confidence rtumpet touchy performance situations, and the loud “bursts” will condition your body and mind to relax in fortissimo passages, improving your tone and accuracy.

Many trumpeters start off well, but fade quickly after a few minutes; other get off to a slow start and lack the stamina to hang in there and recover. Two or three a week for four to six weeks is good; the intensity is similar to me to a hard two hour concert. Concentrate on Studies I through 8, at least one a day. This can be solved by avoiding only long, moderately paced practice sessions where almost all the playing is at “practice room mezzo forte.

If you can play as well as you usually do, you will do very well because most players perform worse than their average. Sachse Etudes, on C trumpet. Strengthening the tongue in this fashion will make all playing more limber, relaxed, and flexible.


Hold out the upper notes, building up the reflexive memory of those notes on trkmpet whole system. If performing light repertoire, even if it is fairly constant, include some very loud drills in your practice, though not daily unless you find that this agrees with you. Write exercises and etudes dealing with problems you have.

Warming up is a personal thing; everyone will need to find what works for them. Share This Page Tweet.

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Do six in 30 minutes, starting one every 5 minutes. A few times a year, I’ll keep a practice diary for a week or so at a time, This always give my practice a boost, an added sense of purpose and energy. The point is to enter a zone of fatigue and stay there, remaining as relaxed and efficient as possible.

At first, the indicated rest will make this routine seem easier, but the higher tessitura will eventually take its toll.

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Keep copies in a separate folder until you have built up a list of fifty or so major works. Regular, consistent practice will give us most of the endurance we need. And the great jazz musician Charles Mingus, who often spoke of the heightened spontaneity he heard in performances by the Budapest Trunpet Quartet.

When not performing on the piccolo, do this once or twice a week for minutes. Make concentrated, quality work your goal.


Notes On Practicing-Chris Gekker.

Clarke Technical Studies, 7th Study. Clarke Characteristic Studies, 3. 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. Use the metronome the way a track athlete uses a stopwatch: Devote some time every day to playing extremely softly, softer than you would trmpet be asked to play.

Realize that significant results from this kind of program will take six weeks or so, at least.

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Learn to articulate at fast tempos, and also how to create motion within long notes. Use the metronome to make your practices harder than performance conditions, so the concerts will seem easier.

Feel the stomach muscles clench; this is the hekker way to dynamically engage the torso muscles used in trumpet playing. Personally, I prefer to work in fairly intense periods of minutes, resting about 5 minutes between each. This relaxation can be achieved by pushing back trumpst barriers of volume farther than we would ever be asked to play.

Experience will be necessary for most people to reach their potential, but I believe that the physical intensity involved is a big part of the problem. Apr 30, 2.