Flexus Trumpet Calisthenics for the Modern Improvisor By John Mckneil Do any of yu out there use this book. If so, what are your thoughts?. Flexus is designed for both classical and jazz improvisors. Deals with the unique physical demands of improvising on trumpet and other brass instruments. As every trumpet player knows, playing an extended solo often results in playing the trumpet less correctly as the solo goes on. FLEXUS addresses this problem.
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Flexus – Trumpet Calisthenics For The Modern Improvisor
Contains a personal history of jazz trumpet, articulation, valve technique, and alternate fingerings. A comprehensive study of czlisthenics jazz trumpet playing.
To improvise effectively, the physical act of playing needs to be a conditioned reflex – freedom of expression is only possible when the physical demands of playing are under control. Other books by John McNeil: To this end, FLEXUS asks the student to momentarily put aside the study of music itself and instead practice the muscular movements involved in playing the instrument.
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The great brass teacher Carmine Caruso used the analogy of a baby learning to walk; the baby experiences nothing but failure in its attempts until the first successful step. It does not judge itself for its failures, but simply tries again. What we call coordination is just the synchronized movement of muscles in time. Flexus is the most calishhenics trumpet method book of the new millennium.
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The first book to deal with the unique physical demands of improvising on the trumpet. Thanks to Laurie and John for creating the new standard.
When given a consistent tempo, muscles coordinate much more easily. This results in muscular balance, which leads to greater facility and endurance.
To this end, Flexus asks the student to momentarily put aside the study of music itself and instead practice the musical movements involved in playing the instrument. Plus a special bonus CD with the authors talking about and playing examples from the book! As every calistheenics player knows, playing an extended solo often results in playing the trumpet less correctly as the solo goes on. It stands trumpey Arban, Clarke, Schlossberg, Stamp and Caruso as standard material for any serious student of the trumpet.
FLEXUS: Trumpet Calisthenics For The Modern Improvisor
Freedom of expression is only possible when the physical demands of playing are under control. To improvise effectively, the physical act of playing needs to be a conditioned reflex.
Buy now at GazonG Press. John has led his own groups since the late ‘s and has recorded many critically acclaimed CD’s.
By the way, this book has totally changed my playing for the better! Learning comes through exposure and repetition – you expose yourself to what you want to learn and then repeat the exposure.