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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Soft – warm up with Schlossberg 18, sotto voce, legato tongue, very slow.

Record and study your own playing, constantly working for clarity regarding how you want to sound. Please continue if this problem occurs.

If you can play as well as you usually do, you will do very well because most players perform worse than their average.

Keep copies in a separate folder until you have built up a list of fifty or so major works. See the routines listed.

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Egkker is most important: Include louder playing only occasionally, Develop and strive for a concept of a warm, vocal sound. Intonation will correct itself with patient practice and playing these tones too loudly will forfeit many of the benefits. Balance the loud practice with soft playing as shown. Play soft scales and arpeggios into the high register. Arban Complete Method, p.

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Play slowly enough to finish each exercise perfectly. The point is to enter a zone of fatigue and stay there, remaining as relaxed and efficient as possible. Regular, consistent practice will give us most of the endurance we need. You must trupmet in or sign up to trumpft here.


One etude a week, done with careful hard work, is plenty. Learning transposition from these methods will result in a shallow, easily rattled technique. Schlossberg Daily Drills, 82, very slow, long last note, continue into pedal register. Single tongue chromatic triplets, slur arpeggios.

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These drills should develop a gwkker degree of flexible strength, of limber power; they are ideal for ascending to our highest notes. This will help upper register power.

Sotto voce soft practice.

In addition to slurring them, practice single and “K” tonguing. Colin Lip Flexibilities, 3, 9, 14, Here are my recommendations: Feel the stomach muscles clench; this is the only way to trrumpet engage the torso muscles used in trumpet playing. Practice softly, keeping the embouchure fresh. Yes, my password is: Gdkker sessions on any demanding piece will benefit all of us. Even then, be careful about practicing very loudly more than two or three days in a row.

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: Emphasize single and “K’ tonguing; multiple tonguing is a shortcut using these articulations and will really improve only when they are highly developed.


This will make performance pace relatively easy. Personally, I prefer to work in fairly intense periods of minutes, resting about 5 minutes between each. Memorize from the last movement or page to the beginning, even if you use music when you perform. If you have a heavy rehearsal and performance schedule, complement the demands being made upon you. Playing slow vocalises with the metronome on to prevent cheating is terrific practice.

Hold the last note until all air is gone, then squeeze the last bit out. These are really “tongue level” exercises – the tongue channels the air to produce every note.

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Conversely, when things are not going well, there is often a feeling of being jittery, off-balance, out of touch, a kind of emotional high center of gravity. When practicing “K” tonguing many players experience a tightening of the throat area, especially when this drill is rather new. You may benefit for a while, but remember that no muscle in our body responds well over an extended time to high-intensity demands on a daily basis – some kind of breakdown is inevitable.