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How to Practice: Arban Study No.10

You can practise with performances of the whole study at tempi from 50 to 120 bpm.
At the faster speeds there are appropriate changes of tempi during the Piu Lento section.

Do you single or Double tongue at 120…?
There is a danger of slipping into Double Tonguing at tempi where you really should perhaps have practised sufficiently to Single tongue…
What would you do now?
Here is the opening at 120 bpm. can you single tongue it?

(In preparation)

 

 

 

How to Practise: Jazz Trumpet Level 1 (2)

This is a second blog about our Jazz Trumpet Level 1 App:
Available on:
iPhone and iPad from The App Store
Android Phones and Tablets from Google Play

Forgive me experienced teachers for explaining what you already know but I hope you can see how your pupils can be helped to practise…especially in between lessons.

Playing Jazz  is about ‘feel’, about playing in an appropriate style.
The way you articulate (start) each notes should be different to the way you play, say,  an Arban  tonguing exercise.

The start the notes should sometimes be less explosive Sometimes a note should be held a little longer..
Of course you need to keep to the beat BUT you need sometimes to give  a feeling that you are slightly before or after the beat.

In other words the technique needed to play in this way is every bit needing of practise as the march like fast tonguing of other styles.

eto’s practice tools give you the opportunity of playing along with a recording of the part AND toplay along with Jazz rhythm section.
When you are ready you can switch off the recorded part and you become the soloist …the lead trumpet.

There are three separate pieces to practice; gradually getting  more ‘sophisticated’
You practise both swing and straight 8ths (quavers)  and  more syncopation…the melody is less ‘straightforward taking you ‘off’ the beat.

All in all an ideal introduction to playing in a small jazz combo (band).
Here’s a peep at  each of the three pieces. Oh, yes  each of them can be practised at three slower speeds and in sections with or without the backing band.

Here’s the opening of Bits and Pieces 1 at it’s performance tempo of 100 beats per minute:

Next is Bits and Pieces 2 …more off the beat syncopation…awkward rhythms.
The performance tempo is 110 ppm but It’s shown hear at 70 bpm to demonstrate how the Beat Counter above the notes can help you keep in time and read the notation. You can practise at 70/ 80/ 90 and 100 to build up to the final speed:

The final example is Bits and Pieces 3 at its performance tempo of 110 bpm.. it has both swing and straight 8ths (quavers). Don’t forget you can practise it much slower to help with the syncopated rhythms :

Hope you get the App and really enjoy practising with it.
iPhone and iPad from The App Store
Android Phones and Tablets from Google Play

How to Practise: Bach Two Part Invention No. 8

This blog is an introduction to our App which helps practise Bach’s Two Part Invention No. 8.
It’s available for iPad in the App Store 

As with our other instrumental apps a phrase we use is …to play fast practise slowly.

For pianists perhaps we should add another; use the correct  fingering from the start.
It is so easy to ‘get away’ with awkward fingering when you play slowly but problems will definitely occur later on….

To help put both ‘phrases’ into practise eto’s App enables you to practise in a unique way as you will see if you try practising with the demo movies below.

We hope that piano teachers will see that by using our Apps pupils will practise perhaps more efficiently and more often between lessons.

Here’s a tempo at which together used to the fingering 60 bpm:

When ready go on to 70 ppm…just a little faster makes a difference:

Don’t move on until you are really secure to 80 bpm:

Now on to 90 bpm:

100 bpm. Don’t expect to reach the faster speeds without practising them for quite a while:

Let’s jump up by 20 bpm to 120 ppm. In the App you could go via 110 bpm:

Now 140 bpm:

160 bpm:

You need to decide or take advice from a teacher whether to practise each section up to a fast speed or practise the whole piece at the slower tempi and move on from beginning to the end at the same tempo.

Here’s 180 ppm:

Now 200 ppm:

Here’s 220 the final tempo in the blog but the App helps you to 240 bpm:

There are so many more practice tools you can use in the App. You use them in the combination that suits you.

  • Choose a section to practise and repeat it
  • Isolate the notation and/ or audio of either hand…in other words you can play along with the Right Hand part whilst the Left Hand Part is Played for you. When you are ready turn the audio off….or maker it quieter.
  • All this can be done at various speeds …starting slowly at 60 beats per minute and going upon to 240 ppm in 10 bpm steps.
  • You should be absolutely secure at a tempo before moving on…even a little faster can trip you up.
  • https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bach-two-part-invention-no-8-piano-practice/id758852884?ls=1&mt=8

Bach wrote his Two Part Inventions specifically to help and motivate his pupils to practise……we can’t improve the musical content but we can help a little more by using available technology.

How to Practise: Arban Double Tonguing Exercises Nos. 77-86

Improve your Single as well as Double Tonguing.

It’s best to start practising them at a single tongue tempo. Indeed perhaps single them and then with the sound of singles in your head practise your double tu and ku (particularly the ku).

Try single tonguing at Tempo 50bmp AND THEN Double Tonguing being careful to get the Doubles as equally crisp and even  as your singles.(excuse the Christmas Carol Pun)….Good King Wenceslas….:) If you find it difficult to go all the way to F just stop where you need to , start again….your muscles will develop the strength to reach the higher notes the more practice you do. DO NOT force the sound out by using too much pressure or altering the shape of your embouchure.!

 

Now try it at 60 bpm:

There is a temptation to use double tonguing too soon , at speeds, which would be better single tongued. It is therefore very useful to use use these exercises to quicken your single tonguing technique as well as your Double Tonguing.
If and when you get the App test yourself on how quickly you can single tongue…you should aim for perhaps 100/ 110 semiquavers( 16th Notes).
Here’s  110 bpm:

Available for:
iPhone and iPad from the App Store

 

How to Practise: Carnival of Venice

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carnival-of-venice-for-trumpet-cornet-and-piano/id722433065?mt=8

Here’s the first, an Introduction, to a series of Blogs on How to Practise: Carnival of Venice…

Few would argue that Carnival of Venice by Jean Baptiste Arban is one of the Airs and Variations they would like to play. BUT it really does take a lot of work.

This App is designed to give you the practice tools that will make your practice sessions as efficient as possible; so that you make organised , steady progress.

One off the mantras is that to play fast you practise slow. Carnival is certainly the place to put this into practice and this App gives you facilities to practise all the Variations slowly at first and build up to the speeds that are suitable for your ability and your interpretation of the piece.

To help choose the tempi we should include, I analysed recordings of Carnival by Wynton Marsalis, Maurice Andre and the American Navy Band and have included the range of tempi used by them.

For instance Wynton Marsalis takes Variation 4 at 100 bpm. You could aim to practise to……

Maurice Andre 85 bpm …a little slower…perhaps he preferred it musically that speed:

Using the App you can build up to your tempo from 30 bpm:

Why not go through the tempi…here’s 40 bpm:

Don’t move on until you are absolutely in control…here’s 50 bpm:

60bpm next:

70 bpm:

Last one 80 bpm…85 and 1§00 are above remember….oh and the App has 95… at these tempi a slight difference makes for control or uncontrollably….always be in control….and musical.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carnival-of-venice-for-trumpet-cornet-and-piano/id722433065?mt=8

eto Practice Thoughts (Trumpet/ Cornet): Listening, tuning and breathing

  • The volume of your phone or Tablet my not be loud enough . Why not use  a set of headphones and just use one ‘ear’.
    Having said this you will find that you WILL hear the part you are practising if you play a wrong note….your mistake will be highlighted and stand out from the correct recorded performance.
  • It’s not only wrong notes that will stand out but also your tuning, your intonation.
    If you play out of tune you will notice it, so do your best to adjust.
  • A good way of practising in these cases is to practise slowly…even though you may be able to play the notes easily. Slower practice will allow you time to adjust your tuning and also strengths you embouchure muscles.
  • Breathing properly effects your tuning and sound. It’s worth viewing this 8 minute video explanation of ‘how to breathe’ as a trumpet player. It’s by the great Australian player James Morrison.
  • have fun with practise and see links to our current trumpet apps as below:

Links to Trumpet/ Cornet Apps Apps:

  1. Arban No. 1;iPad; iPhone;  Android Tablet…
  2. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-study-no-1-advanced-trumpet-practice/id624151228?mt=8
  3. Arban Triple Tonguing;  iPad; iPhone
  4. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-triple-tonguing-exercises-1-4/id1021099892?ls=1&mt=8
  5. Arban Double Tonguing;  iPad;
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-double-tonguing-exercises-77-86-trumpet-cornet/id1023152129?ls=1&mt=8
  6. Arban Slurs;  iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-slurs-advanced-trumpet-and-cornet-practice/id1043259078?mt=8
  7. Arban Single Tonguing;  iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-single-tonguing-ex-13-advanced-trumpet-cornet/id1090748108?mt=8
  8. Carnival of Venice; iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/carnival-of-venice-advanced-trumpet-and-cornet-practice/id722433065?mt=8
  9. Solo from So What; Desktop; iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/so-what-trumpet-solo-learn-to-play-miles-davis-trumpet/id992478193?mt=8
  10. Jazz Level 1; Desktop; iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jazz-trumpet-level-1-dlp-bits-and-pieces1-2-and-3/id860204058?mt=8
  11. Arban No. 10; iPad
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-study-no-10-advanced-trumpet-and-cornet-practice/id727269846?mt=8
 

How to Practise: Arban Triple Tonguing Exercises 1 to 4

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arban-triple-tonguing-exercises-1-4/id1021099892?mt=8

Developing your Triple Tonguing technique takes a great deal of hard work…..a great deal of hard physical effort…OK not as painful as working toward a 26+ mile marathon or weight lifting but similar in many ways.

You’ll need to be consistent in your practice and don’t expect quick results…

It would be foolish to attempt or expect to run anywhere near the 26 miles on day one ..or even month one.
You don’t start by lifting the heaviest weight you can!

Build up your distance and lifts with sensible, planned repetitive routines.

Even with the physical demands of running and weight lifting there are some vital subtle techniques that are to be recognised and adhered to. It’s not all wam bam...let’s get as strong as we can.

The VITAL subtlety when Triple Tonguing is practised is that with each of the three tonguing motions…the triples…MUST be of the same length and crispness.

The ONLY way this can be achieved is by practising slowly and only moving on to a faster tempo when each one of the triple tongues sound as if it is a controlled single tongue.

This is where the eto App can really help. The app presents numbers 1 to 4 of the Arban Cornet Method Triple Tonguing Exercises. ALL the exercises can be heard at tempi from 50 to 240 beats a minute and the ‘printed’ music  can be seen with a realtime Beat Counter ‘moving’ in perfect sync above the notation acting as your personal conductor.

I’m now going to create and publish a few demo videos to show how this would work.

First of all, as suggested, start very slowly making sure each element of the triplet is even and crisp…. This is playing at 60 beats per minute…you could start at 50bpm.

You could then , when absolutely ready..move on to 70 bpm:

 

Then 80 bpm:

The tempi rise in increments of 10 beats per minute :

Here’s 150bpm:

and 190bpm:

The tempi available are 50 to 240 bpm inclusive…

You can start and finish according to your needs and experience….but plenty to keep you practising for quite a while:)

You will probably already own an Arban Cornet Method but in case you do not, there is a link to a pdf of Exercises 1 – 4 within the App.

Here is the link on iTunes to our app:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/arban-triple-tonguing-exercises-1-4/id1021099892?mt=8

This app is also contained within two further discount app bundles description on the iTunes page. Enjoy!

I shall occasionally be sharing some extra tips about this App and hope to eventually have a full series of How to Practice ….for all eto Music Practice Apps.

If you have any questions or comments or suggestions for the Trumpet/ cornet repertoire you might like to practise via our Apps, please let us know via the comment box  at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for getting in touch!

 

 

Why use eto apps to practise?

eto Music Practice apps are not designed to dilute the value of  and need for lessons with a teacher.

We are ourselves, musicians, music teachers and music technology experts with a history of playing and performing music.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/eto-music-practice-ltd/id624151291

We produce and publish as musicians; the technology is second to the music!

We are absolutely not detracting from the value of music lessons…we encourage teachers to use our apps  and experience for themselves the way our apps motivate and help practice.!

The primary intention of the apps is to motivate and enable students to practise between lessons.  whatever age level of ability.

Our apps provide the music notation, a beat counter and control over practice speeds, as well as the ability to repeat bars  or sections.

We welcome and invite suggestions for new music to include.

Here are our current apps : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/developer/eto-music-practice-ltd/id624151291

Let us know what you think: