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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To this end, Flexus trukpet the student to momentarily put aside the study of music itself and instead practice the musical movements involved in playing the instrument.

Buy now at GazonG Press. Thanks to Laurie and John for creating the new standard. Other books by John McNeil: By the way, this book has totally changed my playing for the better! As every trumpet player knows, playing an extended solo often results in playing the trumpet less correctly as the solo goes on.

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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. Buy now at Amazon.

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To improvise effectively, the physical act of playing needs to be a conditioned reflex – freedom cslisthenics expression is only possible when the physical demands of playing are under control. Freedom of expression is only possible when the physical demands of playing are under control.

John has led his own groups since the late ‘s and has recorded many critically acclaimed CD’s. It does not judge itself for its failures, but simply tries again.

The great brass teacher Carmine Trumpte used the analogy of a baby learning to walk; the baby experiences nothing but failure in its attempts until the first successful step. Flexus is the most important trumpet method book of the new millennium. A comprehensive study of modern jazz trumpet playing.

Contains a personal history of jazz trumpet, articulation, valve technique, and alternate fingerings. Plus a flexs bonus CD with the authors talking about and playing examples from the book!

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Flexus – Trumpet Calisthenics For The Modern Improvisor

This results in muscular balance, which leads to greater facility and endurance. To improvise effectively, the physical act of playing needs to be a conditioned reflex. Learning comes through exposure and repetition – you expose yourself to what you want to learn and then repeat the exposure. When given calisthenids consistent tempo, muscles coordinate much more easily.

FLEXUS: Trumpet Calisthenics For The Modern Improvisor

It stands with Arban, Clarke, Schlossberg, Stamp and Caruso as standard material for any serious student of the trumpet. The first book to deal with the unique physical demands of improvising on the trumpet.

What we call coordination is just the synchronized movement of muscles in time.