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André Marchal’s Daily Exercises for the Trumpet is a fantastic collection of daily exercises in all major and minor keys for trumpeters of all levels. As the former principal trumpet of the National Orchestra of Belgium, Marchal created this daily routine to keep his chops in shape for a career spent in high leverage situations.
Unlike other daily study books, this is not just one set of patterns transposed into all keys. Every key goes through a different progressive set of patterns, with different rhythms, intervals, and stylistic elements. Tonguing and varied articulations are employed and nothing is set up for you to fall into complacency. Focus and precision are paramount and set you up for a great day of practice.
Below I am including the author’s forward, which has been translated into English for the first time for this edition. Check out samples to the left, then grab an immediate PDF download above.
From the preface:
This book is for all those undertaking the study of any brass instrument.
To achieve agility and equality in your execution, scale and arpeggio practice is absolutely essential. We find, in this collection, exercises in different major and minor keys. They must be practiced in a rigorous and methodical manner, and if necessary, with the help of a metronome. When an exercise presents difficulty, you must work measure by measure beginning with a moderate tempo first, gradually arriving at the indicated tempo.
It may be appropriate at times to alter the order of the exercises, feel free to do so.
This is a daily routine, and when it is performed regularly, difficulties will be overcome gradually and the pupil will possess a solid and secure technique, essential to the virtuosity of any wind instrument.
André Marchal ~ trumpet soloist of the National Orchestra of Belgium.