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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It does not judge itself for its failures, but simply tries again.
Flexus is the most important trumpet method book of the new millennium. When given a consistent tempo, muscles coordinate much more easily.
Other books by John McNeil: To improvise effectively, the physical act of playing needs to be a conditioned reflex. Buy now at Amazon. Plus a special bonus CD with the authors talking about and playing examples from the book!
A comprehensive study of modern jazz trumpet playing. Contains a personal history of jazz trumpet, articulation, valve technique, and alternate fingerings.
Flexus – Trumpet Calisthenics For The Modern Improvisor
By the way, this book has totally changed my playing for the better! Buy now at GazonG Press. The first book to deal with the unique physical demands of improvising on the trumpet. To this end, Flexus asks the student to momentarily put aside the study of music itself and instead calisthehics the musical movements involved in playing the instrument.
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What we call coordination is just the synchronized movement of muscles in time. John calisthenids led his own groups since the late ‘s and has recorded many critically acclaimed CD’s. Learning comes through exposure and repetition – you expose yourself to what you want to learn and then repeat the exposure.
Thanks aclisthenics Laurie and John for creating the new standard. As every trumpet player knows, playing an extended solo often results in playing the trumpet less correctly as the solo goes on.
Freedom of expression is only possible when the physical demands of playing are under control. It stands with Arban, Clarke, Schlossberg, Stamp and Caruso as standard material for any serious student of the trumpet. To improvise effectively, the physical act of playing needs to be a conditioned reflex – freedom of expression is only possible when the physical demands of playing are under control. This results in cailsthenics balance, which leads to greater facility and endurance.
The great brass teacher Carmine Caruso used the analogy of a baby learning to walk; the baby experiences nothing but failure in its attempts until the first successful step.
To this end, FLEXUS asks the student to momentarily put aside the study of calisthenisc itself and instead practice the muscular movements involved in playing the instrument.