Rich Willey has embedded Reinhardt principles into these beginning-of-your-playing-day warm ups and routines designed to build range and endurance while improving technique.
Customize your own daily routine out of this book’s six sections covering the essentials of modern brass playing. Set up your chops for success in as little as 30 minutes a day, or spend more time in this book daily if you wish.
1. raises the “hub” or center of your range, and
2. hones your essential brass playing skills.
Time-tested principles are laid out for you—just follow the plan and you steadily improve. For intermediate, advanced and professional players (not for beginners).
“Before Focal Point, I had never come across a book where the fundamental concept is so simple but the applications and impact on one’s playing is so multi-layered, deep and meaningful.”
— Chris Gekker, Trumpet Professor, University of Maryland
“I was very impressed with my results from working out of Rich Willey’s book. I do a couple of his suggested exercises from the book two or three times a week when I start my playing sessions. It has made me an even more efficient player than I was. As I said in my book, Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing, a student must understand there are other viewpoints to consider. With regard to gathering information, ‘it’s all good.’
I highly recommend Rich Willey’s book, Focal Point. If a student reads and understands all the text in Rich’s book, then the application of the exercises should prove to be very beneficial.”
— Roger Ingram
Once you complete this book and feel like you are ready to expand on this concept with specially formulated exercises and etudes based on the Focal Point principle, I recommend you try Chris Gekker’s wonderful expansion on this topic Focal Point Exercises.