I am thrilled to help launch this LONG LOST book by Dr. Charles Colin. Found lost in the Colin Music Archives, this book of 28 Finger Reinforcement Exercises also includes an article by Colin on on Trumpet Style and Development, A Lesson in the Form of an Essay. Dr. Charles Colin wrote this essay in 1956 for the International Musician. It reflects the state of the art in instrument and mouthpiece manufacture as well as pedagogical understanding at the midpoint of the twentieth century.
To get some insight about the significance of this find, read some insights from Charles’ son Allan, and from Mark Gould of the Met Opera and the Juilliard School.
“Pop never put the horn down. As he continued to play into his 80s he was met with the not uncommon challenge of arthritis which diminished his finger dexterity. To help deal with the problem while playing and for general finger flexibility, he developed these exercises, which I happened to recently find in a non-designated folder!”
“Finger Reinforcement is an excellent workout for the fingers. The interesting chromatic patterns reinforce not only our finger dexterity and facility, but they are also good exercise for our brains! Finger Reinforcement lights up different ‘scale’ pathways and expands our musical ‘hearing’. I think that Finger Reinforcement would make an excellent companion to H.L. Clarke’s ‘Technical Studies’.”