Book Review: The Secret of Technique Preservation

The Secret of Technique Preservation – Ernest S. Williams

Publisher: Charles Colin
Copyright: 1980
No. Pages: 16

Two pages of text and fourteen pages of exercises which include:

  • Exercises for Limbering Lips and Fingers
  • Major Scales
  • Trills
  • Minor Scales
  • Chromatics
  • Exercises for Lip-Flexibility
  • Studies in Attack
    • Single-Tongue Staccato
    • Double-Tongue Staccato
    • Triple-Tongue Staccato
  • Intervals
  • Chords
  • Diminshed-seventh Chords
  • Whole-Tone Scales
  • Augmented Chords

The text on the second page describes the “Daily Routine” concept with its application to trumpet playing, and quotes Paganini with, “Every day I have to find my technique anew.”

My Comments:

This book was one of the very first books I used in college with Sam Trimble. Although I haven’t used any of it’s exercises in over a decade, the concept I have of what a daily routine is and how it works comes directly from my work in this book.

I continue to practice a daily routine which includes a warm-up but focuses more on development and maintenance than it does on the physical process of warming up. In that way, my daily regime is strongly influenced by “The Secret of Technique-Preservation”.

I would also like to point out that much of John J. Haynie’s published material is the same, in content, as this book is, but organized according to keys as opposed to being organized according to similar exercises.

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