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Some important points
This series of methods for brass instruments is based on the best time-tested instrumental traditions from some of the best performers and teachers who made history on their instruments. These performers and teachers prepared students to the highest possible professional levels in all styles of music, from classical to jazz and pop music. A careful adherence to the lessons you are about to undertake can do the same for you.
Basic Elements of All Music
All styles of music consist of two ways to group notes: separated notes (staccato) or joint together (legato). Rhythmically all music is also divided into two different groups: equal bars (2/4, 4/4, etc.) or unequal (3/4, 6/8, etc.). This series of study material is the only instrumental method in which you will be exposed to all of the major important points in mastering the fundamental elements of music, by using your instrument to master practical exercises. By practising and repeating the exercises correctly until you master them you will be technically well prepared for a life in professional musical performance; you will be able to perform difficult and intricate technical passages ranging across the landscape of your instrument. These exercises will develop your embouchure to render the lowest to the highest tones with ease by means of improved breathing techniques and valve technique over the whole range of your instrument.
A Note on Extreme Notes
The mastering of the highest tone register over the high C on trumpet (concert pitch Bb) and the lowest register below the low F# (concert pitch E), or on trombone/baritone or tuba the high Bb and the low E, will take some time to develop for any player, as this is a question of gradual development and will take some time to develop for ant player, as this is a question of gradual development of the facial muscles around the lips (the embouchure), and only practise on your instrument can make this happen for you. From low F# (concert pitch E) and down to pedal C (concert pitch Bb) a “special embouchure” must be developed and used in this register (jaw and tongue position in the mouth) as those notes are different from the others to perform and do not really exist on the instrument, but can be played with this “special embouchure”! Valve combinations will change too from “the normal registers”.
The Best Fundamental Study material
In order to develop the muscles and the physical power needed to master brass instruments for fine performance the study of the material in these books is essential. The extreme tone registers require the best developed embouchure and breath muscles. This you can NOT achieve by only playing beautiful melodies and tunes on your instrument every day. I recommend at least two hours daily practising, and even much more, depending on the degree of your motivation. Just as a superb athlete practising diligently, you must do the same before you can excel. There is much to learn if you aspire to a career in music, or if you which only to satisfy your own desire to perform flawlessly for friends or in non-professional, or semi-professional musical groups. There are no short-cuts or “secret” tips that can master the instrument for you. But having done it, a life of satisfaction in music can be yours.
To get the most out of your time and study, please also use the other books in this series: “Vol. 1, Embouchure and Intonation” , “Vol. 2, Scales & Arpeggios, Book A & B; Vol 3, Scales & Arpeggios, Book 3, Book C; Book 4, Embouchure Body Building, Book A, and others. Follow the text and guidiance from each book to select chapters and practice them systematically every day to develop embouchure, lips and breath muscles, combined with other fundamental performing studies of scales and arpeggios, to give you a all round flexibility and range. In addition, of course, to become a well rounded musician you most also study etudes, solo material and ensemble music to enhance your artistic sense of the instrument, The fundamentals, however, come first.
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