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An exercise I've been given by my trumpet teacher that is specifically for strengthening lip muscles is to put a pencil in your mouth and attempt to hold it horizontally using only your lips. It is quite difficult at first but makes no noise, requires little equipment and can be done while doing something else.


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While Carl's suggestions seem to be more on realistic, another option you have is cardio! Playing a horned instrument requires a healthy heart and lungs, but also a strong diaphragm like you mentioned. Cardiovascular exercise has been known to increase lung capacity and efficiency. Additionally, this can be done anywhere without bothering people. 20 ...


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Breath control, breath control, breath control! I recall one of the top University Marching Band directors talking to us (Midwestern Music & Art Camp circa 1970 :-) ) about his "aha" moment. He was a trumpeter & got a summer job (high school or college age for him) with a circus orchestra. First couple performances, his embouchure collapsed ...


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If you continue to progress, you'll soon run into parts written in other transpositions, and thus will learn to "re-think" the meaning of tone names. It's not that different from learning to read "concert pitch" in bass, tenor, alto, and treble clefs. So I agree that the answer is "all of the above,... and then some" :-). Typically a discussion of ...


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Most players think and speak in the written key, in my experience. However, they DO need to be aware that when discussing with other musos, that most others will probably be in 'concert'. Imagine an alto sax player communicating with a tenor and a pianist... So, Yes to 1, 2 and 3! As an aside, it would be interesting and useful for you to attempt to read ...


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What makes this complicated is that different brands of mouthpiece makers use different labeling methods for these characteristics. Generally speaking though, you can make the following deductions: Tip Opening: This is the distance from the tip of the reed to the tip of the mouthpiece (when a reed is in place). The wider the tip opening (or higher the ...



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