Trumpet Chops Player
Great news everyone! We are finally rolling out the other books in the trumpet chops series. We started with Trumpet Chops Pro because that’s the book that one of our students needed at the time. The plan was to publish all of the books in the following twelve months. That didn’t work out. We had a lot of setbacks of various types, but now we are publishing them on a descent schedule.
The Trumpet Chops Player book is released now and the Trumpet Chops Tyro book is about two weeks behind it.
Who Can Use Trumpet Chops Player?
Trumpet Chops Player is a trumpet routine for students with a range up to G. The skill level is early high school or later. You can still benefit from the exercises in this book if your range is higher than G and in fact, if you are using Trumpet Chops Player as part of the One Range approach, then it is a necessary supplement to the other books.
Part of the reason why we practice these routines is because of the benefits they have on our embouchure (thus the name “Trumpet Chops“). If your range is at least up to G above the staff, then this book will challenge your trumpet playing in a way that will build strength. Endurance and range are signs of embouchure strength.
However, if your range is lower than G above the staff, then you are not ready for this book yet. In that case, you should look at the Trumpet Chops Tyro book or even the Trumpet Chops Pioneer book.
What is the Trumpet Chops Series?
The Trumpet Chops Series is a set of trumpet routine books that is meant to replace my original Daily Routines book. I wrote the Daily Routines book in the late 80’s, published it in 1990 or 1991, then practiced and taught the book for decades.
As I used the Daily Routines book, I slowly developed a collection of improvements. The new routines in the Trumpet Chops series are based on the same pyramidal structure as the original Daily Routines book. That means the primary benefits are the same. The differences are in the details of the exercises.
For example, most of the exercise in the Trumpet Chops series are based on an expansion concept. The exercises expand in range and difficulty They also tend to cycle through all twelve keys. The articulation studies demonstrate this concept perfectly. There are twelve exercises, one for each key. The bottom note descends for each new exercise. The top note also ascends for each new exercise. By the twelfth exercise you are playing the articulation study across your full range. Also… the order of the articulation patterns is also progressive. They begin with mostly slurs and “expand” to exercises that mostly tongue.
All of the exercises in the new routines have this type of modification from the old exercises. The only exercises that remain unchanged are the Tonlization Studies.
The Trumpet Player Level
The trumpet player level is the third skill level in my system. It is the first intermediate skill level and has a range up to the G above the staff. This makes the Trumpet Chops Player book a perfect fit for most early high school students.
The Trumpet Player level is also the first level where the students are playing in all twelve major keys. The long tones and articulation studies both cycle through every key. If you don’t know all twelve keys, no sweat, you can do the exercises in C or in whatever key you are working on at the time.
Benefits of Trumpet Chops Player
What makes all of my routines valuable, aside from their pyramidal structure, is that they cover your full range without going over that line. This means the Trumpet Chops Player book can be used as part of the One Range approach to trumpet strength development.
If your current range is up to the G above the staff, then the Trumpet Chops Player will be your top routine in the One Range cycle. This will be the routine that makes you tired. Your fatigue from doing this book will help you build your strength in a way that is 100% applicable to musical contexts.
If your range is higher than the G above the staff, then the Trumpet Chops Player book is one of the routines you can play on your non-fatigue days. I don’t like to all these resting days because you are still playing your horn on those days. But we are going to do range limiting to help rebuild the muscles after your more difficult fatigue days.
If your range is not up to the G above the staff yet, then you are not ready for this book yet.
Buy Trumpet Chops Player at:
- Adlibris (Sweden)
- Barnes & Nobel
- Bokus.com (Sweden)
- Bol.com (Netherlands)
- Book Depository
- Books a Million
- Exclusive Books (South Africa)
- Lulu.com (Perfect Bound)
- Lulu.com (Coil Bound)
- Loot.Co.Za (South Africa)
- Magrudy’s (Dubai)
- Mighty Ape (New Zealand)
- TakeALot.com (South Africa)
Questions About Trumpet Chops Player
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