and Claude Gordon- All you need to become a professional trumpet player! Part 5

Warm up and Cool Down

In this free lesson, I have included a couple interesting and helpful posts which will more fully explain the importance of a regular warm up and cool down.

The video speaks of my daily routine of warming up with chromatic scales; first starting at the bottom and gradually adding octaves as I ascend. The benefit of chromaticism is that each note is only a one half step from the previous note and this very gradual increase is almost unnoticeable.

Due to the minimum distance between notes, only a minimum amount of embouchure change should be made. Each day I ascend to a predetermined top note which is usually about a third higher than I will be playing that day. Once I have reached that note, I retrace my scales back down to where I began, which is another example of my “Bell curve” philosophy.

After my warm up, I begin practicing all the additional material I need to cover that day.

After my practicing, the next step is to cool down and to do that, I have recently found that playing on a larger mouthpiece, in this case a trombone mouthpiece I am able to relax the embouchure very quickly for a speedy recovery of oxygen in my lips.

Check out the instructional video and supplemental material on this site.

You will also be able to play along with the same recording I use every day during my warm up.

Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.