Brass Essentials: A Practice Companion

Brass Essentials: A Practice Companion helps you organise your daily practice by setting out a regular routine.

The book is laid out in a clear and precise way beginning with several pages of Warm ups before moving on to Scales & Arpeggios. When the embouchure is relaxed and working well a comprehensive Technical section helps develop and maintain a solid technique; this includes Flexibility, Articulation, Finger Exercises, Range Expanding and Stamina.

There are brief but informative notes heading each section to guide you through your practice, together with suggestions on how much time to spend on each element. Whether you are an aspiring young brass player, a dedicated amateur, conservatoire student or professional this book is be a valuable tool so that you can focus on every aspect of your playing.

The Practice Companion can also work in conjunction with the Arban Companion to vary your practice diet.

From the opening section of Warm Ups, through Scales & Arpeggios, to the Technical aspects including Articulation, Flexibilities, Finger Exercises, Range Expanding and Stamina, the Practice Companion helps set out a regular routine.

Brass Essentials: An Arban Companion

Brass Essentials: An Arban Companion works through the Arban Cornet Method in the sequence that the excerpts appear in the original publication. It is not a method in itself, but a way to address the building blocks of a solid technique - good sound, good intonation, developing technical skills and applying rhythmic accuracy. It is suitable for all valve instruments.

Simply choose which of the sections applies to the issues you are facing in your playing at any given time. Advice is given at the head of each section on how to deal with the technical processes involved for that particular area of practice as well as suggestions on rehearsal and performance tempi.  

A regular approach to the most basic aspects of playing a brass instrument will help maintain a strong technique whilst addressing any problems that may occur during your playing life, as they do from time to time. It can also provide a regular practice diet that will encourage real attention to detail. 

This book can be used as a resource for teachers helping players starting out on their musical journey, but also performers at any point in their musical life as a back-to-basics approach is often the way forward when dealing with playing issues. The overriding principle is that every note counts!

From the opening module which deals with set-Up, articulation and sound the Arban Companion works right through to a selection of the studies.

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