Trumpet Performance Tips



Extended Bill Adam Trumpet Routine
by Jerry Hey and Larry Hall



Bill Adam Trumpet Routine - First Session

  • 1.Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies - Exercises #1: Start on F# in the staff, then F, then G, then E, then Ab and expand outward in both directions.


  • 2. Schlossberg Daily Drills and Technical Studies for Trumpet: Exercise #6; #23; #24; #25; #27;
    #36B (Start with variation A, then variations 2, 3, 4 and 5 going up a half-step with each variation.

    #95 (Sustain top notes resting or trading off with you partner at each breath mark.)

    #97* (The goal was to play in one breath. Keep air relaxed. This can be extended out to F#.)

    #99 (Play #99 as if resting at the end of each key signature)

    #100 (Start #100 on low F# and extend exercise to F# an octave up or keep going as high as you can.)

    #102a* - Each day pick a different variation of scales, (major, minor, harmonic minor). Also pick a variation of intervals, (3rds, 4ths, 5ths). Extend outward to F#.

    #120-123; #128

    *When extending #97 and #102a to F# both low and high, break up doing every one every day. Day 1, start #97 on C, go to B, C#, A, Eb, G, F. Start exercise #102a on C, go to Bb, D, Ab, E, F#, F#. On day 2 swap these patterns for each exercise. - TAKE A BREAK!

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A Tribute to William Adam
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Bill Adam Trumpet Routine - Second Session

  • 1. Herbert L. Clarke 2nd, 3rd or 4th Study. Always start on E below the staff and expand outward to low F# and C in the staff. When playing the 2nd Study, change modes on each repetition, Major, Minor, Diminished scales.


  • 2. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet Page 14 Exercise #16-27 – Play each exercise twice, 1st time all slurred, REST, 2nd time all single tongued. Play a few articulated 8VA.

    3. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet Exercises #46-50 – Start with #47 and #48, transpose each in all keys. Then play #49, #50, then #46.

    4. Schlossberg's Daily Drills and Technical Studies for Trumpet Exercises #45

    5. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - double tonguing Page 175, Exercises #77-94 – Play Exercises #8 6. Schlossberg's Daily Drills and Technical Studies for Trumpet - Chord Studies - Exercise #70 single tongue, Exercise #71 slur 1st two notes tongue next two, Exercises #73 All Slurred

    8-90 in all keys - some Arban's triple tonguing.

    7. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 297 Characteristic Study #13 - The goal is to play in one breath. “Never heard anyone make it!”

    8. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 39 Exercises #3, #4, and #5

    9. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 40

    10. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 41

    11. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 138 Exercises #35 and #38.

    12. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 140 Exercises #41 - #47

    13. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 142 thru page 151

    14. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 56

    15. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 125 Exercise #1

    16. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 135 Exercise #23

    17. Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Page 28 - 36 Single tongue eighth notes, double tongue sixteenth notes.

  • ***** NOTE: Obviously not every exercise was played each day but this material would get covered during the week.


  • 18. Saint-Jacome’s Grand Method for Trumpet Page 157 - Always single tongue, start with the 1st exercise, 1st Variant triplets, #4 sixteenths, #11 sextuplets. The repeated G is in the staff, try playing all these variations with the repeated G above the staff. Once Mastered try Page 161 and variations. CORNERS !!!!

    TAKE A BREAK


Bill Adam Trumpet Routine - Third Session

  • 1. Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies or Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet - Chromatic Triplets page 76, Exercises #1-5, page 80, Exercises 10-23

  • 2. Saint Jacome’s Grand Method Bugle Call page 19 Exercise #26, page 24, page 49 Exercise #3, page 68 & page 81

  • 3. Selection of Charlier or Bitsch etudes, Art of the Trumpet (Originally titled “Common Sense” by William Thiecke)

  • *** We usually finished off each day with "The Maggio System For Brass" - Long Range Chromatic Exercise. 1st a flexibility pattern to start out loose. Slur from low C, to G to C in the staff, lip trill between G and C then back to low C. Rest. Go down by ½ steps to low F#. Rest. Play chromatically from low F# up to F# in the staff back to low F#, breath, F# in the staff chromatically down to low F# back up to F#. Breath. Start on low G and do the same pattern and continue to go up by ½ steps. Continue upward to as high as you can go. It does get better but never easier. You Do Not trade off or rest till you’re done. And you WILL be done at this point.