20 Minute Warm-Up Routine - with Phil
20 minute Warm-Up Routine is the second series of daily
routines for brass players that trombonist/composer Michael Davis
publish. Some years ago he made a book series called 15 Minute Warm-Up Routine. About
these two books, Davis says (in the Introduction):
hope you find these exercises to be a creative and inventive way of
focusing on the most important elements of brass playing: sound, time
and pitch. As you will notice, the 20
Minute Warm-Up Routine is a more advanced set of exercises than
its predecessor, the 15 Minute
Warm-Up Routine. If you're like me, you'll find it advantageous
to alternate between the two routines. On days when my chops feel fresh
and I want more of a workout in my warm-up, I'll use the 20 Minute Routine. On days when my
chops are tired, perhaps from a long gig the night before, I'll opt for
the 15 Minute Routine.
The first 15 tracks on the CD include a demonstration of the exercises
by Phil Smith on trumpet (Phil is Principal Trumpet with New York
Philharmonic). These tracks will give the player a model or guide to
work from. Tracks 16-30 are the same tracks as 1-15 minus the trumpet.
It is up to you how to use the book: You can play along with Phil Smith
on the first 15 tracks. Later you can use the last 15 tracks. A good
idea in a warm-up session is to rest as much as you play. If you listen
to Phil Smith playing the first line in an exercise and then play along
with him on the next line, you will achieve this. Later, or when you
feel fresh, you can play the whole exercise and put in some rest
between each exercise.
There are no dynamic markings in the book. About this Davis says:
is done for a very specific reason. I believe it is important to vary
the dynamic levels in your warm-up. It is vital that we as brass
players be able to play in time and in tune no matter what volume we
are playing at. Additionally, I find that when my chops are tired, a
softer warm-up is more beneficial. Conversely, when my chops feel
strong, a louder warm-up can be more helpful. The lack of dynamic
markings in this book should encourage you to add as much dynamic
variety to your warm-up as possible.
20 Minute Routine is also for
other brass. There are 3 other books in this series, for french horn
(Chris Komer), trombone (Michael Davis) and tuba (Gene Pokorny).
When you buy this book, you do not only get some great exercises, you
also have have one of the greatest classical trumpet "sound models",
Phil Smith, as part of your daily routine.
of pages: 28
Trumpet: Phil Smith
Keyboards: Michael Davis/Shari Feder