Around the country many younger trumpet students have started playing the trumpet with a lack of formal teaching other than their band directors. Trumpet students that are not receiving private instructions are often not expose to proper practice and fundamental techniques that will help them develop at a relatively quicker pace. Because of this, many students will develop bad playing habit that can take months or more to fix. In many cases young trumpet students are also not aware of the bad habits they are creating which can be worse than the bad habits themselves. This project will provide beginning trumpet students with a basic daily practice routine for those who don't have access to a trumpet teacher. This project will be aimed for your typical middle school trumpet student who has been playing at least a year in band or privately. This project will give them a weekly schedule full of exercises that they can do each day to help them establish a solid foundation for their trumpet playing. This project will also give the student helpful instructions as they go through each exercise.
As you look at the practice chart it's divided into a ten week practice routine. The student should try to follow the weekly chart every day of the week. The goal of the weekly chart is to gradually improve on the same weekly exercises each day before moving to the next group of weekly exercises. Students should not feel discourage if they don't feel that have mastered each study by the end of the week they must remember that it is a process. Perfect is irrelevant, better is perfect!
H.L. Clarke-Technical Studies for the Cornet
Students should begin each Clarke exercise at a slow tempo to focus on sound production and air flow. At this moment speed should be the least concern for the student. Once the student is very comfortable playing each exercise with a consistent sound and good air flow only then should the student gradually speed up each exercise using a metronome. Student must remember that sound production is and will always be the most important concept when playing the trumpet. Clark wrote:
“The exercises in this book are not very difficult if practiced slowly at first. I have used them for years in my daily practice to maintain my endurance and to prevent fatigue. Hard work and dedication will required to achieve a high degree of excellence; but by correcting your slightest mistake and by striving for improvement each day, your efforts will be rewarded by conquering what seemed at first, impossible. ”
In this routine the student will be focusing on studies one through five. Each study should be played at the dynamic marking indicated in the book. Each student should start each exercise no faster than a quarter note equaling 76 on a metronome. Again this exercise is about establishing a great sound concept and easy air flow. Practicing these exercises can be very tedious especially at a slower tempo, but the student must remember in the long run...