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Trumpet Practice Plan Skeleton

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  1. Preparatory Exercise – i.e. mouthpiece buzzing, leadpipe buzzing, flapping the lips to promote bloodflow, etc.

    1-3 minutes

  2. Airflow/Long Tone Exercise – Focus on consistency and purity of tone, connecting the notes, hitting the center of the pitch right away.  Use a tuner.

    Examples: Cichowicz airflow studies, standard long tones, Schlossberg #6, Arban initial exercises, Vizzuti long tone exercises

    2-15 minutes

  3. Technical Studies/Scales – Focus on moving the fingers with the tongue and airstream.  Keep the notes “floating on” or “riding” the airstream – evenness, clarity.

    Examples: Clarke Technical Studies, Vizzuti Technical Studies, Scales and Scale Patterns, numerous throughout Arban’s.

    3-10 minutes

  4. Lip Slurs – Focus on “snapping” to the center of each pitch.  You should almost hear a click when going to a new note.  Clean, smooth.  Practice various registers (low, middle, high, connecting them), speeds, and dynamics.  Make sure to practice them soft as well as loud.

    Examples: Schlossberg, Bai Lin, Colin Flexibilities, Flexus, Arban’s section on slurs, etc.

    2-15 minutes

  5. Repertoire Pe– Material for ensembles, auditions, or general progression.  Songs, etudes, excerpts, etc.

    Examples: Infinite variety and will depend heavily on the student’s level.

    5-?? Minutes

  6. Sight Reading – Put on a metronome, find something you haven’t read before and GO!

    2-10 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 15-60 minutes

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