Efficient trumpet playing is a balance between three elements; air, tongue level, and embouchure. This balance cannot be explained in scientific terms, therefore it must be accomplished by feel through proper practice.
The purpose of Tongue Level & Air is to provide trumpet players with a course of study which will enable them to find their balance and become more efficient in their playing.
Trying to describe the balance with statements such as “The balance is 1/3 air, 1/3 tongue level, and 1/3 embouchure” is pointless. The balance is in a constant state of flux, changing from day to day, gig to gig, and note to note. Your balance can change when you change instruments, when the playing environment is unfamiliar, when you are sick or tired, or for many other reasons. It is best not to over analyze your balance, but to develop it naturally over time and by feel.
You will discover early in your study of these materials and after viewing the videos below that we have plenty of air to play the trumpet. The secret to efficiency lies in the control of that great reserve of air power. When doing the breathing exercises in Lessons 1-3 Part 3, don’t hold back the first time through. On the repeat control the air and go for the musical result.
Tongue Level & Air Downloads
- Lesson 1
- Lesson 1 instructions
- Lesson 10
- Lesson 10 instructions
- Lesson 18
- Lesson 18 instructions
- Clarke Etude 2 in 12 keys