Category Archives: technique

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:

 

Helping Hearing Impaired to Practise a Musical Instrument

Eto music practice ltd is a small private producer and publisher of music practice apps based in Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales. The apps are used in some 35 countries and our school choir apps have been used by some 3,000 schools in England and up to 150,000 school children.

Helping hearing impaired with music practice

I was thrilled when my colleague Robert Winter copied me into an email thread about a news piece he had watched on ITV Wales News.

It concerned a young lady of 16 who played the clarinet…very well. Amazingly well considering she is profoundly deaf.

She expanded in her interview how she hears/ senses the music she plays through her fingers and vibrations and a link to her hearing support.

I immediately felt a sense of almost guilt at the time….when younger…I avoided practising my trumpet!

The outcome was/ is that Robert has written to an organisation called Fixers who help Poppy and others in similar circumstances. He offered Poppy an opportunity to choose..if she wanted…our eto Music Practice Apps to work with and to see if they help or aid and have advantages over sheet music. The audio on each app is correct for all music notation, whatever the instrument,  will certainly help students to understand the hearing and feeling of the ‘correct’ notes as well as learn to read music notation.

We also produce a range of practise/ rehearsal school choir songs, and our belief is that these will considerably help those hearing impaired children singing with their school choir.

From what I understand,  and I am hoping, is that our Apps on iPad or iPhone, with full audio,  synced to the Beat Counter above the music notation, can be ‘plugged’ into a variety of different hearing devices and would indeed enhance Poppy’s practice sessions. The app functionality also allows students to have control over their practise tempi/ speed. This allows the student to learn at their own pace up to performance tempi and repeat any bars, as they wish, in order to practise. We also believe our music player could be developed and we are open to ideas and suggestions?

We hope that the eto music player has a key advantage as it also provides audio and accompaniments, unlike sheet music. This obviously has some enourmous advantages for the hearing impaired. We at least hope it adds a little extra help!

If it does indeed help, we at eto will be thrilled and would certainly love to work with others in this field, so please, just let us know on the contact form below.

We don’t know yet how well this will work and how many benefits this will offer…let’s wait and see…fingers crossed….(but not when you are practising:) !

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

Poppy’s story : http://www.fixers.org.uk/news/15784-11226/deaf-stereotypes.php

Apps for hearing impaired and deaf young people: http://www.ndcs.org.uk/family_support/technology_and_products/apps_for_deaf_young_people/apps_for_deaf_young_people/index.html

 

How to Practise: One Big Voice Anthem (Choir in 2 parts)

Direct Links to the App Store and Google Play:
Available as an App for iPhone and iPad.

Available as an App for Android Phones and Tablets. 

This is so ‘singable’.

Perhaps a silly simplistic description but it really is a joy to perform this composition and arrangement by Donna Mawrick O’Brien..

For those lucky enough to be taking part in the August 18th One Big Voice concert at Perth, Australia, this App will help you learn your parts…….and I’m sure Donna, your Music Director will help you learn the parts the way she wants them to sound.

BUT..this song/ arrangement although the ‘anthem’ for the One Big Voice event, is suitable to be performed by all and any young people’s choir wherever you are!

After a full Band Introduction the first Chorus is sung in Unison:

This is followed by  Verse 1 where the choir splits into two parts.

Part 2 ‘answers’ Part 1. You can easily alter the volume balance of the individual Parts and Band by using the faders provided.

The song continues in this way with Part 2 answering Part 1 through Verse 2 and a third Chorus..ending with a Unison 3rd Chorus.

Therefore you can choose which Part to sing; Choose which section you want to rehearse and  be confident that whenever you have a full rehearsal you will know your part and confidently really enjoy yourself.

For those who haven’t got a choir within easy reach you can still enjoy practising with this App….

Direct Links to the App Store and Google Play:
Available as an App for iPhone and iPad.
Available as an App for Android Phones and Tablets. 

There is a link to a pdf of a score of the song within the App.

 

How eto is making music archives accessible!

 

Making music accessible!

We all know that there are some quite unique and brilliant music archives all across the globe, covering every genre and age of music. Some are very large National Collections and some private smaller archives, preserving their music for future generations. They give us the music that we listen to and enjoy and tell us even more about the composers and performers that we admire.

My concern here is that many of these great pieces of work never get to see the light of day. Perhaps more importantly, many are not known to us, the music fans, performers and teachers.

Often these pieces of gold are just simply residing on printed music sheets, resting on the shelves waiting to be discovered.

 

To hear and inspire….

For most of us, the hearing of a piece of music can inspire. Maybe this leads us on to learn to play the piece, or perform, or simply listen and enjoy and then seek out further works by the same composer or artist.

There are for me two worrying facets to such archives simply residing on archive shelves. If it has previously been performed it may not be by an artist or orchestra that we are aware of, or knew had recorded the piece. Secondly, If it has not been performed and recorded recently, it may only exist on sheet music. It may take a long time to be heard and performed again, or even lost to the contemporary world swamped by what’s popular and what is not.

eto Music Practice Ltd fully understands the need for protection and preservation of composers and publishers rights. But we also understand the need to make all music, not just great music accessible to all, and in many cases, to an all NEW audience!

 

Copyright protection…

Our music player has unique properties. Yes it shows the music notation and arrangements in full. However this music notation cannot be downloaded or copied. ( so NO photocopying of the sheet Músic!)

Our unique beat counter and facility to listen to the different parts in any arrangement as well as hear and see the music at various practice tempi, simply brings the music alive. This encourages music practise, performance practise and rehearsal or even simply enjoy playing along at home.

The eto music player has been designed to operate as a desktop player, for apps on iTunes and as android Google apps and for tablets and phones, not just PC’s.

There is an easy option here that the sheet music, traditionally sold by most publishers can be included in the app, or not included, but added as an additional in-app purchase. The customer benefits from having the eto player play the music that they can hear and practise to, at their own learning tempi, as well as provide all parts and fully bring alive the sheet music.

For the school, workshop and at home….

The eto music player can be used on whiteboards in school, or in a music workshop or at an orchestra rehearsal. The music can be practised on tablet or phone or PC so the next rehearsal is indeed just that, not just hearing all the players learning their part in rehearsal, which can waste time for everyone.

If the thought of having your valuable music published on apps and globally available makes you shudder,  then think of two aspects.

Firstly the eto music player makes the music much more widely accessible and available globally. Secondly, the use of the music can be much more strictly controlled to single users. Indeed, with the new limited online music licence now available from PRS/MCPS eto can provide a music player for you which can only be accessed by single user subscriptions. This means globally available via your website, but all rights protected and all music protected by the eto music player. So much more secure than sheet music! ( although as we said, this can be added in, or as an extra purchase, so no loss of income for sheet music sales !)

We are happy to advise and provide guidance on the management and control of your copyright content and how we can make this accessible to a new global audience.

Alongside the production and publishing of the music content, all in-house, in all formats, we also provide global marketing and PR for the music to ensure you reach a global audience. It is in both of our interests to see your music widely heard and used!

Just get in touch…..

 

 

User Instructions/ Tips

How to use the Practice Tools  within eto Music Practice’s Arban Study No. 1 App

Most of the what you can do is very obvious. There are a few which are handy to use but not so obvious. Please try things you won’t do any damage:)
However don’t hesitate to ask questions via the comments box. 

  • Tap Play: the Menu slides to the side and the Music Plays from Bar 1 until the end of the study.
  • Swipe the screen and the Menu and the Notation toggles back and fore.
  • Double Tap the Notation Screen and the Music Pauses
  • Double Tap again and the Music Starts from where it Paused
  • Tap the Play Button when the music is playing and the music will pause
  • Tap the Pause Sign and the music will start again

The Pause Button

  • When the Pause Button is clicked the button will change to Play and white text will appear as a prompt to remind you that you are in Pause mode.
  • If the Play button is clicked again the song will play from that exact position (no fade up).
  • To return to Bar 1 or your chosen Start Bar click the smaller button to the left of the Play button.

Setting Start and End Bars: choose a section of the song to practise over and over until correct

  • Each Bar of music has a number.
  • On the screen the numbers are displayed for every Bar.
  • They are the same as the printed music in the 2017 Pack
  • If you need to refer to the separate Rehearsal Instructions for a detailed explanation of how to navigate a score.  That is how to follow musical signs such as Repeats, Del Segno, Coda etc.
  • When you first Press Play the Song will play from Bar 1 to the very end.
  • To Play from a particular Bar enter that Bar number as a Start Bar.
  • Press Play and the Song will play from your chosen Bar to the very end of the song.

Choosing to Repeat a Bar or Section of the Music

  • If you want to choose a section or a single Bar to practise over and over again you can enter an End bar as well as a Start Bar.
  • Click on the Black Repeat icon and it will turn White.
  • Press Play and the song will fade up during the Bar before your chosen Start bar. This will lead you in, give you an introduction, in time and in pitch.
  • The song will continue to play until the end of your chosen End Bar, fade down through the next bar and then return to your Start Bar and Repeat…until you click the Pause Button (the Play Button which has changed to Pause.

Practising at different tempi (speeds):

  • Tap on the + or icons to change the tempo  at which the music is played.
  • The tempi will increase or decrease in increments of 10 beats per minute…even to half speed without any change in quality.
    As explained in the How to Practice Blogs practising slowly is very important…or put another way do not be tempted to move on to a faster speed until you are in total control at a particular tempo. At least the App will ‘keep you company’ whilst you do the hard work…it will pay dividends

 Part Mixer: This study has no accompaniment but you have the option of lowering / turning off the solo part and playing on your own with the Beat Counter helping to keep you in time.

Many other Apps have an accompaniment and/ or other parts of an ensemble. separate faders will be made available for separate audio parts. You can adjust the volumes to suite your practice needs.

How to Practice: Arban Characteristic Study No. 1

Available for iPad and iPhone at :

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/arban-study-no.-1-advanced/id624151228?mt=8

and now on android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.wp.piano.arban1&hl=en

Or for Desktop: http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/

This iconic study has been practised and helped to develop the technique of many thousands of brass players since the 1860s. Its part of what many call the Bible of Cornet and Trumpet Practice; the Arban Cornet Method. It appears on many examination syllabi.

I remember, many, many years ago playing it for my first audition for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.. I was about 16 years of age and pleased with myself that i could play it quite quickly…somewhere around 90 beats a minute.

I was soon brought down to earth by the orchestra’s conductor …a very experienced and eminent conductor Clarence Raybould. Play it slowly he said …which I did…no slower…slower. Eventually he had me playing it t about 30 beats a minute.
At this speed it was far more of a test of stamina, breathe control, certainty of pitch and tone.
I learnt a hard but invaluable lesson which I’ve  never forgotten…the way to play fast is to play slow.
Indeed it probable had a great deal of influence on my thinking all these years later whilst developing eto Music Practice.

The App allows practice of the whole study in tempo increments of 10 beats a minute starting at 30 going all the way to 100.

You should aim to be able to play it all through totally correctly at the speed you choose to start practising.

The audio will help you hit the correct pitches and you will be helped to keep in time by the visual beat counter …as well as the audio.

In fact you will find that the audio helps most if you play a wrong note/ pitch. You will hear it …and you can correct yourself .

It is sensible to divide the study into bars or sections and set Repeat.

You could start very simply with:

  1. Tempo 30
  2. Start bar 1; End Bar 2
  3. Set Repeat
  4. You will see the Count In beats
  5. Play the two bars…the audio and Beat Counter will fade in bar 3
  6. The Count In will then automatically begin again
  7. You play these two bars until you can play them perfectly.
  8. When ready you could go to Start bar 3 End bar 4…then
  9. Start Bar 1; End Bar 4…when ready
  10. Start bar 5 End Bar 6…then Start Bar 1 ; End Bar 7

You may choose to build up your speed of playing before going on to the next bars/ section OR practise the whole of the Study at one tempo.

There is nothing wrong with…… and indeed a good argument….. for being able to play it ALL the way through at the slower speed speeds.

You would find that your stamina and pitch control will really develop using this method.

The worse thing to do is to push yourself on without being in total control of the notes at a particular tempo.

Don’t worry if it takes some time to be able to do this…there are no short cuts if you want to really control your playing.

To give you a taster, and for some fun, I’ve prepared some movie demos with the first two bars paying at 30 to 90 beats per minute. In the App you can set an automatic Repeat. The App also gives you the challenge of 100 bpm!.

Just replay the movies for practice if you wish…Enjoy, improve and test yourself….:)

Arban Characteristic Study No. 1 Bars 1 and 2 at 30 bpm.

 

Arban Characteristic Study No. 1 Bars 1 and 2 at 40 bpm.

 

Arban Characteristic Study No. 1 Bars 1 and 2 at 50 bpm.

 

Arban Characteristic Study No. 1 Bars 1 and 2 at 60 bpm.

Arban Characteristic Study No.1  Bars 1 and 2 at 70 bpm.

Arban Characteristic Study No.1 Bars 1 and 2 at 80 bpm.

Arban Characteristic Study No.1 Bars 1 and 2 at 90 bpm.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/arban-study-no.-1-advanced/id624151228?mt=8

And now on android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.wp.piano.arban1&hl=en

Or desktop:

http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/