Brass - warming up

It's important to warm up properly before you start practising. If you don't you'll most likely find you get tired very quickly and may find it hard to play next day. Different players warm up in different ways. Some people use the same warm up every day, some prefer to vary it so they don't get bored.

 

 

1.Breathing

No instrument required!

Nearly everyone agrees that it's not a good idea to play too high or too loud at the start of your practice session.

It's best to start without your instrument - some breathing, some buzzing, some time with just your mouthpiece.

These are also good things to do if you haven't got your instrument with you (left it at school / on holiday) or can't make lots of noise. 

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2.Buzzing with lips

 

Some quick exercises to get your lips vibrating before you start

playing your instrument.

Pause the video between exercises and have a go on your own.

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3.Buzzing with mouthpiece

 

Pause the video between exercises and have a go on your own.

The same exercises with just your mouth-piece.

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4. Copying

Audio only

This is how we normally start lessons in school.

Listen to and watch the trumpet and trombone in the video and try to copy what they play straight afterwards, in time with the metronome. Use your ears and your eyes to start with, but when you can do this easily, try without watching the video, just by listening:

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The trumpet plays through the right speaker or headphone, the trombone through the left.

If you have a balance control you can turn it all the way to one side and listen to your own instrument on its own.

 

5. Copying & Reading

These are the same exercises as in the copying video, but with the notation. Don't do both every day, it'll get boring! Maybe alternate them.

Both are good for your ears, eyes and lips!

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