Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by picju96, May 22, 2003.

  1. picju96

    picju96 Member

    Does anyone play the studies at the back of the arban? I can play them, I mean get the notes in and everything, but I'm having trouble breathing, and still keeping in time. Anyone have any suggestions how I can sort this, or does it just take time and breathing exercises? I'm playing numbers 2, 5 and 9.

  2. aimee_euph

    aimee_euph Member

    I'm doing number9 at the moment, and me & my music teacher went through it yesterday. If you chop it up into about 5 -7 sections, say everytime there is a quaver or crotchet rest, then play through that section and sort out 2 breathing places. Then play it slowly to keep in time, breathe and fit all the notes in. Then gradually speed it up until everything fits. Then move onto the next section!

    It worked no problem for me, and it's easy to speed up too.

    Oh an if you're still finding it hard to breathe, play quieter!
  3. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    Take bigger breaths! Sit up straight, don't slouch and breath down to the bottom of your lungs - keep your shoulders down. If you lift your shoulders when breathing in you're actually restricting the way that your lungs work.

    Or so said my old tutor....
  4. cornetgirl

    cornetgirl Active Member

    I agree with rutty - but it's also a case of getting used to the study too. Once you are fluent with the notes then breathing gets easier, trust me!

    Rach x
  5. IckleSop

    IckleSop Active Member

    Just burn it and then you wont have to worry about any of the studies.......Genius!!!
    not only will you be walm for the next year it makes funny colours on the fire......and of course im jokin
  6. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    Why burn it when you can give it away and inflict the pain on someone else!!
    I had an Arban once and lent it to a young lad trying to get in the Marines band That was the last i saw of it :cry:
  7. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    Its all ok!!
    According to KepplerI am doing a degree in "Arban Studies and Planning"

    Oh no, wait a minute! It's Urban Studies and Planning.

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    I think the only way to get anywhere near the studies is to slow them down, and slowly build up speed on them.
  8. Active Member


    On Sunday, a new CD called THE ARBAN COLLECTION is released.
    Russell Gray performs 9 of the 18 solos found at the back of the 'method'.
    He plays on one of Arban's own cornets and is accompanied by the Fodens Richardson Band.
    You may have seen an article about the project in the BB dated 17th May.

    You can pre-order a copy from our Mail Order department now (020 7367 6580) or, if you are at the Cambridge Masters on Sunday, pick up a copy from our trade stand.
  9. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    Rutty and Cornetgirl have said all the important stuff. But try to make sure you blow all your 'dead' air out through the instrument, rather than having to breathe out before you can breathe in, which takes longer and makes you feel breathless.

  10. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    I've got two Arbans (though one is in about 8 different peices). To be honest though I don't think I've ever got as far as the studies at the back... I usually skip straight over them and murder Carnival of Venice. :D
  11. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    Me too.... Never could play the triple-tongueing section :cry:
  12. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    I can do that OK, I just see all those dots at the back and start getting a headache. It's usually about that time I reach for the old "Tune a day" :D

    I've just had a closer look at your avatar rutty... for ages I though it was you and a couple of mates dressed as nurses.... where did you get those nurses from?, I hope you put them back once you'd finished with them and didn't just leave them lying around :wink:
  13. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    It's a mother/daughter combo - from Pontins 2001. Some booze was involved ;)
  14. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    :D Don't say anymore.... you could get into lots of trouble.....
  15. Sorry to sound like cap'n obvious, but pencil in breath marks & use a metronome, and be strict. Don't stop if you make a mistake. And then go back & work on your mistakes & work on the individual passages.
  16. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    Call the Doctor..

    (sorry - god my posts are really gone to the dogs. Consider this me issuing a moderator warning to myself)
  17. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    Like he says - practise makes perfect. It might get repetitive, but eventually these sort of exercises will help to improve your breathing, phrasing and all-round playing. Don't start too fast otherwise you'll just get frustrated. Slowly to start, then speed it up when you feel confident.

    Maybe I should try that too.... :wink:
  18. *checks underwear*

    "He"? :evil:
  19. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    Sorry - should have noticed, seeing as you play horn and all.... :wink:
  20. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Can't find a doctor - will a dentist do?

    Send for cornetgirl :!: :lol: :lol:

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