This exercise is for developing the attack, but also the different
articulations used in double and triple tounging. It is based on an exercise
from the book
Brass Tactics by Chase Sandborn, and from a seminar held by
Konradin Groth (also see his book "Etüden neue Zungenstoss- und Atem-
Techniken für Trompete", Edition Zimmermann, Frankfurt)
- Play with H attack (a breath attack, think hOOO). At the end play the note sustained and bend
it down a semitone, and then back and feel that the note is centered.
- Play second time with K attack (thinking kHOOO, adding the K to the breath
- Play third time with normal T attack (thinking tHOO).
Start the same exercise again from G#, then from F#, then A, then F, etc. ascending and descending
every other time.
Remove the mouthpiece completely from the lips between each note.
Keep it very soft (pp), and do not ascend higher than comfortably.
This exercise may seem very simple, but done very softly it is quite hard.
But it does wonders for the attack and makes the player more confident and
able to play a soft attack after an long pause (found in the classical
Use a metronome (MM = 60) and breath in on the fourth beat.
A shorter version: Play all tree attacks (H, kH, tH, H) the first time.