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Brass players: A step by step warm up routine

Many players brass players struggle to find the right warm up that will help them play in a consistent manner. Although there aren’t any magical secrets about warm up, this routine could be used as a base to develop a personal warm up.

The purposeĀ of a warm up routine is to prepare yourself for practicing and playing and should not in anyway make you tired. The length or how long should you warm up will vary day by day, depending on the general physical and mental condition on that particular day.

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Brass players: to warm-up or not to warm-up

A lot of discussions are focused on the definition of warmups (or warm-ups?) for brass players. Some feels they need to warm up a certain amount of predetermined time and stick to it religiously every day, while some says they do not need to warmup…

So who is right?

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Breathing technique exercises: why bother about it?

As we progress with our playing, sooner or later we will realise that to achieve a consistant performance, we need to develop a consistant breathing technique.
The good news is that it is natural. So why bother with breathing exercises?
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Trumpets: choosing the right instrument

Many will ask what trumpet should they buy… Or which is the best trumpet?
The answer varies from person to person, and to make things even more difficult, there are so many brands and models out there that choosing an instruments is hard. Choosing the right instrument is even harder.
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Music and the basic principle of breathing

Trumpet and all brass instruments are wind instruments. Meaning that it needs wind (moving air) to make a sound.
With that in mind, let’s explore what is involved when playing a wind instrument…And how our breathing habits will greatly influence the quality of sound we produce, hence the music we make.
Often we hear people say “Blow hard” or “put a lot of air” to students and aspiring players when teaching or coaching them. While this is true, you need air, but we sometimes forget about the basic principles of blowing…Hmm this start to get interesting.

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Yamaha Harmony Director HD200

The biggest challenge for a musician is to acquire a good sense of pitch and intonation. Music teachers and instructors are responsible for the ear training of the students, as it directly affects the outcome of his/her performing capabilities. However, very few tools are available to the instructors to help overcome this challenge.

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