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20 Minute Warm-Up Routine - with Phil Smith

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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

I 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:

This 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.

The 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.

Recommended !


Number of pages: 28
Release Date: 2006
Trumpet: Phil Smith
Keyboards: Michael Davis/Shari Feder
CD included

o.j. 2006