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Erik Veldkamp is back at the flow study game with this tremendous follow up to his widely successful book “30 Song and Wind Studies.” As the new professor of Trumpet Technique at the Amsterdam University of the Arts, Erik is uniquely positioned to give detailed insights into how to produce a sound that is centred, rich, in tune, and with exceptional resonance. In describing these Tone Studies Erik writes:
“The book “20 Tone Studies & Vocalises” contains melodic etudes where the player should focus on a beautiful sound. I have included phrasing bows over each phrase so you have to play phrases and not each note by itself (think horizontal, not vertical). By doing this, you will notice that your air support will be triggered, which as a result will help you with the difficult intervals and high notes because there is more energy behind the phrases. The air has to be active, not passive, and you can only achieve this by playing as beautifully as possible. A dull sound will not instigate air support, and the opposite is impossible as well. Playing with a bit of vibrato on the longer notes will help you focus on the core of the sound. Sing through the instrument!
Study no. 20 is a fun exercise to force you to visualize the note in your head before you play it. If you don’t hear the right pitch and sound in your head before you play it, you will have trouble playing this exercise.”
To the left you can find some samples, then grab an immediate digital download above.