It’s official! My Daily Routines book is now old enough to party. Twenty-One years ago this Autumn I completed and sold the very first copies of what has become our best selling book. Over the past two decades, Daily Routines has helped literally thousands of players improve their physical trumpet skills. To celebrate the book’s anniversary, I will be posting a series of blogs about the history of the book and offering a discount at the music store (sometime next week).
Second Time’s The Charm
Daily Routines was not my first book. It was actually a recovery attempt to correct the mistakes I made with the Physical Trumpet Pyramid. Even though we continue to sell the Pyramid book (the improved third edition that is), it was a complete failure as a teaching tool for my students.
I remember the first lessons when I used the Physical Trumpet Pyramid book and the students’ eyes glazed over as I instructed them on how to construct a daily routine based on the pyramid structure. It didn’t take but a few lessons to realize that I was going to have to write the routines out for the students. And that’s how the Daily Routines book was born.
The Daily Routines book was a complete and immediate success. The Physical Trumpet Pyramid book asked the students to think and understand the concepts. In contrast, the Daily Routines book required very little understanding on the part of the students for them to make genuine progress.
Crude Construction On Today’s Standards
The original version of the book was a crude, very unprofessional manuscript. The musical exercises were hand-written, the text was done on a typewriter, and the covers were done in hand on flimsy construction paper (see a scan of one of the original covers above). When I have time to write about it, I will be posting a variety of stories about how the Daily Routines book grew from this modest birth to a book that is now used by trumpet players all over the world.
Dick Schaffer – Houston Symphony Orchestra
“I must tell you that your Daily Studies book has been a part of my daily routine since its earliest publication. Its simplicity of construction and excellent sequential organization has been integral in helping me maintain my professional playing standards for years. I truly believe it is one of the tools which has lengthened my career. It is especially useful now, when I am recovering from a lip injury. Working in it is gradually restoring my strength and embouchure feel sooner than I would have expected, thus giving me faith that things will soon be right again. My students have also shown marked improvement while using it. Keep the great books like this one coming! Best of luck on your other projects.”