Trumpet Technique

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Oxford University Press, Dec 16, 2004 - Music - 208 pages
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In the last forty years, many elite performers in the arts have gleaned valuable lessons and techniques from research and advances in sport science, psychomotor research, learning theory, and psychology. Numerous "peak performance" books have made these tools and insights available to athletes. Now, professor and performer Frank Gabriel Campos has translated this concept for trumpet players and other brass and wind instrumentalists, creating an accessible and comprehensive guide to performance skill. Trumpet Technique combines the newest research on skill acquisition and peak performance with the time-honored and proven techniques of master teachers and performers. All aspects of brass technique are discussed in detail, including the breath, embouchure, oral cavity, tongue, jaw, and proper body use, as well as information on performance psychology, practice techniques, musicians' occupational injuries, and much more. Comprehensive and detailed, Trumpet Technique is an invaluable resource for performers, teachers, and students at all levels seeking to move to the highest level of skill with their instrument.

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1 The Nature of Skill
2 The Breath
3 The Embouchure
4 The Oral Cavity Tongue and Jaw
5 Body Use
6 Performance Psychology
7 A Letter to My Students

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Page 2 - Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness, concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
Page 28 - Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs a step at a time.— Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar.
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Page 108 - ... instrument, we must train people in the art of getting out of their own light. This truth has been discovered and rediscovered, again and again, by all the teachers of psycho-physical skills. In all the activities of life, from the most trivial to the most important, the secret of proficiency lies in an ability to combine two seemingly incompatible states — a state of maximum activity and a state of maximum relaxation.
Page 45 - It is a good idea to get into the habit of always backing up your files.
Page 8 - ... unskilled workers" there possessed a higher degree of what he considered skill than the "skilled workers." But the skill of the latter, he would find, was backed up by understanding and knowledge, and so our definition of skill must be carefully framed: Skill is the ability to execute a pattern of behavioral elements in proper relation to a certain environment.
Page 117 - As you begin any movement, or act, move your whole head upward and away from your whole body, and let your whole body lengthen by following that upward direction
Page 140 - There is no anxiety in the present. Anxiety is either in the past, worrying about what was just played, or in the future, worrying about what you are about to play
Page 10 - ... she must do these things in an incredibly short time. It is the ability to make the right response almost immediately that is so characteristic of all skills. One of the most widely quoted and influential studies which demonstrates the speed of skilled performance is a study of chess players carried out by Chase and Simon (1973). They took subjects at differing levels of expertise from novice up to grandmaster and showed them chessboards on which...

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Frank Gabriel Campos is professor of trumpet at Ithaca College's Whalen Center for Music and an active performer and clinician.

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