Sunday, December 18, 2011

Building Skyscrapers One Floor at a Time

A TIMELESS ONE-SENTENCE LESSON:

"Do not attempt to play the following line until the preceding line sounds pure and free
." - Ernest S. Williams, from his Modern Method for Trumpet

If Mr. Williams were with us today, we might well hear him advising his students as they begin to practice on the piccolo trumpet:

"Do not attempt to play a higher note until the preceding notes sound pure and free."

This is the foundation for building a secure high range in Piccolo Trumpet Studies. I like Mr. Williams' patient reminder, as he points upwards out the window saying, "Skyscrapers are built one floor at a time."

Piccolo Trumpet Studies, 106 of them, available for $18. plus $2. mailing at: collinsnotes@earthlink.net

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