Daily practise

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by ..JB.., Dec 21, 2008.

  1. ..JB..

    ..JB.. New Member

    Hi can anyone give me examples of good daily practise routines they use
    has any one used the claude gordon systematic approach to daily pratice if so have you had good results
  2. Daisy Duck

    Daisy Duck Member

    I use a book by Michael Davis called the 15 Minute Daily Warm Up. Sometimes I use his other book, the 20 Minute Daily Warm Up.
    Basically, it takes you through a series of good warm up activities, playing along with a CD - which helps you focus on intonation and making a good sound and makes it all a bit more interesting. There are long tones, scales, lots of lip flexibilities, work outs for your fingers etc.
    I also use Allen Vizzutti's books for technical exercises etc.

    Michael Davis's books are at http://www.hip-bonemusic.com/
  3. brassbandmaestro

    brassbandmaestro Active Member

    Quite good book the 20 minute warm if the illustrated examples are anything to go by Daisy Duck. I tried the tuba examples that they have on that site, really goog. Makes you want to practice! I notice, though, the prices in US dollars. I hope they do £ sterling!
  4. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

    I would suggest that you find a good pro teacher, have a lesson or two so they can then make recomendations on what you need to work on with regard to your own playing and establish your own daily practice routine.

    With regard to Claude Gordon check out www.jeffpurtle.com he has spent many years studying with Claude and his website has mp3's of Claude giving lectures so you can really hear what he is trying to say in the books.

    But firstly get a good teacher!!
  5. emziesonic

    emziesonic Member

    Yep thats what i did! was at abit of a dead end on how to improve my playing so i contacted sheona white for a private lesson. she picked out things i had never thought were bad before and now shes my regular teacher :D

    With the warming up i usually do about 15 mins warming up first with doing simple 3rds then intervals then flexibility and by the end of it im just about ready :biggrin:
  6. TubaPete

    TubaPete Member

    The Claude Gordon looks great but is really aimed at pro players/conservertoire students.

    If you do everything it says, you need to be able to practice several times a day for extended periods with long breaks in between.

  7. ..JB..

    ..JB.. New Member

    do you know people who have played through the book ?
  8. Vegasbound

    Vegasbound Active Member

    JB Have you looked up/made contact with jeff Purtle www.purtle.com his site will answer all your questions on CG.

    It works ....but requires total commitment on your part, and do it as it tells you on each lesson. have you read any of CG's other books such as brass playing is as easy as deep breathing?

    Also you must approach the system with an open mind. He used a lot of what Louis Maggio taught him, as well as what he learnt studying with herbert L Clarke.
  9. ..JB..

    ..JB.. New Member

    im going to have look at the site cheers
  10. hicks

    hicks Member

    What instrument do you play? For trombone I use the Eric Crees/Peter Gane book "How trombonists do it", which has great legato excercises. I also play a few Rochut etudes to warm up.
    But as mentioned, it really depends on what areas you need to work on to improve your playing.
  11. ..JB..

    ..JB.. New Member

    i play the euphonium
  12. ..JB..

    ..JB.. New Member

    i see you say what areas do you need to improve on.
    surely all areas of practice need to be addressed. To pin point areas would cause more problems rather than to evenly pratice all elements am i wrong?
  13. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    That's my attitude towards practice ... realising one's limitations and working on them to strengthen your playing overall. Everybody's regimes will be different for warm-up and practice.
  14. TubaPete

    TubaPete Member

    No - but when I was in college I knew a few students who started working through it...

    As bass player, I find lessons 1 and 2 particularly good to build stamina and range and have used them quite a few times as part of my performance preparation. Last time I did an hour long solo recital I stopped practicing the pieces 4 weeks before the event (but still read through the music every day, listening to it in my head), did a week each on lessons 1 and 2 then the last 2 weeks back on the recital pieces. I was amazed how much better my lung capacity was and how much easier it was to control at extremes of pitch and dynamics.

    As I said, time is the biggest factor - the Claude Gordon is full of instructions like "rest as much as you play" and "now rest at least one hour". It also requires playing as loud as you can at extremes of register so you need tolerant neighbours if you're practicing at home...

  15. towse1972

    towse1972 Active Member

    If your in Yorksire you would be hard pressed to find a better teacher and euph player than Morgan Griffiths. He is a great trainer and tutor. If you need his contact details just P.M. me. He is a quality geezer.

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