BEGINNER TRUMPET EXERCISES
These are the leading beginner trumpet exercises for the new trumpeter…
The best way to improve at playing any instrument is to have exercises that you follow on a routine basis.
There isn’t any specific way of improving on an instrument, especially a trumpet.
The beginner trumpeter has to find the best way to play this amazing musical instrument, and this is more likely to yield results if there is a teacher involved.
However, there are some beginner trumpet exercises for the up and coming musician that would help in the long run.
The teeth and lips of all trumpeters are different. So there is no particular way to position your lips and teeth. Whatever method you use is great if it works well for you and is convenient.
However, there are some exercises that you can do to make your mouth, in general, blow the trumpet well.
One exercise is to squeeze your lips together for a while as if you want it airtight. Now try to open your lips from the center, and try not to stretch it. Stretching the lips reduces lip pressure and makes your sound thinner if it doesn’t damage the lips.
Playing a particular tone repeatedly makes your mouth and fingers familiar with playing the instrument. Playing long tones makes your lips and jaw muscles get familiarized to the vibrations of the note and how to specifically get that note during play.
The mouthpiece placement of the lip is also something to exercise. A number of beginner trumpeters place one lip on the mouthpiece more than the other. (see Trumpets for Beginners)
Although it is important for you to place your lip in the position that is most comfortable for you, placing the mouthpiece more on one lip than the other would cause some dynamic difficulties.
Try to balance it out, before your performance or rehearsal, with just the mouthpiece. Bear in mind that you should preferably, but not compulsorily, have more of the upper lip on the mouthpiece than the lower lip. This is because the mouthpiece sits on the lower lip and would, therefore, have more pressure than the upper lip.
Playing with dry lips gives the player more grip while playing with wet lips allows for more dynamics. Whichever one works for you, should be experimented. Use a lip balm, stay hydrated, and lick your lips, to help your lip dynamics.
This is the most common exercise for any activity or sport. Taking deep and full breaths, without lifting the shoulders is a great method. Imagining the air going deep down inside you as you do so is a way to make it more effective. Inhale the air at a steady rate and blow out instantly.
Try not to point the bell to the floor. A slight tilt downwards is enough. Try not to lock your knees, and keep your arms away from your body at all times. A good posture would help you play better. But a good posture can’t be achieved without being in a good physical condition.
Beginner Trumpet Exercises Conclusion
All in all, try to not to over practice and rest when you feel tired. Don’t overpressure the mouthpiece, but also prevent air from leaking from the mouthpiece. Try out the beginner trumpet exercises listed above and improve your overall play.
Don’t worry, you’re becoming a great trumpeter, and you know it!
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