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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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. And the great jazz musician Charles Mingus, who often spoke of the heightened spontaneity he heard in performances by the Budapest String Quartet. Schlossberg Daily Drills, 82, very slow, long last note, continue into pedal register.

Yes, my password is: Notes on Practicing Chris Gekker Constantly monitor your weaknesses and strengths, adjusting your practice accordingly. Musically, it will help achieve the kind of rhythmic discipline from which we can develop a sense of true rubato.

With as many as possible, learn on at least two different trumpets.

When practicing “K” tonguing many players experience a tightening of the throat area, especially when this drill is rather new. Search Media New Media.


See the routines listed. An etude properly studied should be almost memorized, if only temporarily.

The first three months will be the most difficult, but the weekly time investment gets smaller and smaller after that. Clarke Technical Studies, 1st Study I – 7, 8x, slurred 84x, single tongue 13 – 19, 4x, “K” tongue 20 – 25, 8x, slurred continue pattern as high as possible, 2-x each 2.

Simply improvising scales, arpeggios, slurs, and different articulations is also good. These are really “tongue level” exercises – the tongue channels trumppet air to produce every note. Arban Complete Method, p.

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If you have a heavy rehearsal and performance schedule, complement the demands being made upon you. Please continue if this problem occurs. Sotto voce soft practice.

Be able to play ten to fifteen of the most standard gekkeg memory at any time. After you have finished, which will take about two years, you will have no trouble transposing, and can easily maintain your skill. Continue pattern to pedal C, at least.

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No, create an account now. Warming up is a personal thing; everyone will need to find what works for them. True skill, the kind that will stand up under pressure, is reflexive, learned by experience and repeated exposure. Feel the stomach muscles clench; this is the only way to dynamically engage the torso muscles used in trumpet playing. Concentrate on Studies I through 8, at least one a day. Consider that the limitation of not being efficient at transposition will handicap any player with professional goals.


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Loud – warm up with Schlossberg 30, building volume throughout. Apr 30, 2. The thirty-minute sessions of almost nonstop playing is what I recommend. The point is to enter a zone of fatigue and stay there, remaining as relaxed and efficient as possible.

Since the tongue’s mobility is directly related to our flexibility, intensive articulation practice will make us more limber all over the horn. Learn to articulate at fast tempos, and also how to create motion within long notes. Pedals require very deep breathing and will do wonders for the embouchure, stimulating a wider area of upper and lower lip vibration and encouraging the lower jaw to come forward a bit.

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