Claude Gordon Brass Camp 1990 - Claude Gordon Opening Introduction

Transcript Summary

Before I get started we just had a slight a man that's been in the recording industry for over 20 years
Been in radio for a number of years with
CBS I was right and
Written many books
Teens sure you've seen them all out there
Is a work on a couple of horns right now, I've seen his horns the CG Selmer
CG Bench and hopefully a new one in the making a little bit
Maybe but uh
Want to welcome you all
To the brass case, which I'm very proud of
This is our 13th year
And it's been growing when it started out
We started out I think with
Colleagues talked me into starting it
Within two years it was international
I want to welcome you to this camp and the purpose of
the welcome
It's the only camp in the world or let's not use the word camp
We just got started calling with the camp and never to but it's the only brass seminar of its kind in the world
And that it'll change
Probably your entire career
After this week, at least we hope it does and what I mean by that is that
Your career will be easier
Your plane will be easier
Which means you'll enjoy your work more
You don't enjoy your work when you're blowing your brains out and it's not necessary and we're here to
Take care of that during this week
You'll learn more this week than you would in 10 years of college, which I think Vince would bring that up
And it's the right things we're not going to tell you any lies
We're not going to do any promoting to sell something
In that sense, that's not our purpose. Our purpose is to help you
Become a better brass player more confident play easier
So I'm glad to see you all I'm especially glad to see so many that have been here before
This is when this was second or third time fourth time from Texas now
There's a man that's interested and I hope and I know that he gained something every time
The same with Bob Cotter Bob. This is your third
They come every year and they look forward to enjoying it and this is
Dave Cruz Richard Cruz
A teacher up north which we're so happy to have teachers come
We want teachers so you might really express that when you talk to people
Richard is your second year, right? So we have two three and four
Now there's I see a couple of Japanese that have been here before
And Masashi our representative in Japan always comes with 10 to 15 from Japan alone
Beautiful wife Yuko with their little daughter who they named after my wife that died two years ago
So she would have been happy to see that
Anyway, now then I want to introduce those that are involved with the camp
I sat down this afternoon while you guys were all checking in just wrote a few notes that are different as you how many pages
So that I don't forget and I want to introduce first two guys
But I'll tell you
I think I've ever met two of them
They make this whole camp possible and boy they work hard they never drive
They never cry like I can go to the cabin go to sleep and forget it. I know everything will run smoothly
And that's the two
Camp directors Tom Verzine. Where are you Tom?
Tom stand up
Nice thing about these two guys is they're long-time students and they're great players both
They will play a great career in music and it's just started
So then we have Carly's
He talked me in the start from this camp when I look at that bank account, I wonder what I should be grateful or mad at
But Carl is one of the best players in the country it was the first
The club and
He was there for years until this
Tape thing came along
They're going to come out of that
Problems that sort of one else they're having problems already. So they're going to start coming back. What's they're going to have to do?
So Carl, we're glad to have you here every year 13 years now. We've had the camp
Incidentally, Masashi's been here. This is 12
both here from Japan
We can depend on him every year. He does a tremendous job the band probably the number one teacher in Japan
He has a lot of good students. All right
First year Carl and I started out with this camp and we
There's a lot of hard work one of the problems we had to find a place to put it and it was really a camp that
An old army barric up out of
the Bay Bridge
No, the Bay Bridge in Santa Monica
San Francisco
But it was a great camp. We really enjoyed ourselves and then we needed more staff
So David Evans came along and we had a ball with it. We never slept that year
And we've got some wonderful pictures from those brass camps and we're eventually going to have these all in books
So you can all look back and see the wonderful times we had especially around the campfire
Okay, I have to be but then
About the third camp. I believe it was Dr
Larry Miller one of the foremost MDs in the country
That came to the camp and from that time on he's been associated with the camp. He generally would be here. So we did
But you were meeting during the week. I just heard that I think his dad is dying in San Diego. So he's down there and
Not much he can do about that. I know I don't know whether you all know or not
Remember my young son the pianist
The world-famous pianist and he died in June
So I lost the rest of my family this year. So now I'm all alone. Yes
Thank you
Go folks. So Larry Miller be alone. Paul Witt won't be here till later
He is one of the staff that's been with us for years and years a great staff Bruce Haig. Bruce stand up
This is another
Fire in trouble player one of the best he played Vegas for years and he was one of the first drop us with the
Very fine Stan Ketten band at that time and now he's he's working with the camp and working with his have been the northern part of
California as the tremendous amount of good students. He's a fine teacher too. That's all he says
Larry Sousa and Dave Benekai two solos that'll be here later in the week. So you'll have to meet them later
I want you to meet my fiancee Pat Swanson
That's a wonderful little boy she took over this camp but I told her I don't get bossy till you get the ring on your finger
But she just runs everything like she's been here forever
I never saw anyone take on so quick and I and enjoy
brass talk
And we were had pizza last night Tom Kent and I
Patricia and she gets so excited. She's just going like this, you know, just talking about brass
She's really doing a great job
Brad Kinscher stand up Brad
Brad came to this camp as a student
What camp was it
1981 the 1981 camp as a student
This man has become right now one of the foremost French hornets in the world. You're going to hear a lot about him
He's he practiced hard. He really worked hard studied hard and
That was just a phenomenal French horn player and I wish the other French hornets had come down
Because she should talk to this guy
He's smart, but you're gonna enjoy
All right now then
Patty Hanna fan is
Our accompanist and she'll be in tomorrow
she's piano accompanist accompanist
She's touching about her pianist and everything so we had to ship a piano up just for her
The other touchy one was ends
Now I haven't comes up you're gonna be unhappy about this, but he came up and nothing you can do about it yet all
To search the entire side of his mouth
So his concert won't be there for this time, but his other programs will so you'll be still teaching
And all but he won't be able to do because his concert was just very difficult
You heard him all of you heard him last year and it's just too difficult to do
I asked him a day. I said you sure it's not up in your head. He said no. I had a good teacher
What more could I say he knew how to salivate over
No where in the world will you find a staff like this
And that includes the counselors now we have Casey Kinscher
She came out of the college there in Northridge
She'll tell you she was struggling pretty hard and the things they told her to do weren't working at all
Terrible wreck coming to the camp of North and knockout the entire job
Everything and she's recovered from this pretty well, so she'd be here and
She's been counselor for years, so she can be a big help to Casey
And anything that we need
Rich Hoffman is working all afternoon recording, so he'll be here late tonight
And this is another young student that came in a few years ago from Boston
I'll let you tell some of his stories. They were excellent
In a few short years this man is turning into a phenomenal
He'll play through those arp and solos in the back
And when he gets to the end we're gonna go be see see see
See that was a fancy
Instead so and he's playing with perfect ease
So I want you to notice all these things and see them
Reese Henson Reese right
Came out to study from New York, and a typical New Yorker I
Had to learn race very much in order to really
Handle his lessons well because the New Yorkers have an attitude
You never know whether you're getting chewed over not
Finally I took the bull by the horns, and I was going to get to her else Reese has turned into a great player
And he was having a lot of struggles and went through
He's a great player now now the interesting thing all these counselors all this staff
Every soloist that you will hear this week
is a student
Past or present I had a head of the university one time he said how do you get a staff like this I?
Said the school doesn't have enough money to hire a staff like this. I said you have to raise
The head that's just what I did and they turned out nowhere in the world and I've seen the staff so dedicated
So loving so caring
And interested in my welfare which makes me hit a feel pretty tremendous
It's like a big family
And I really appreciate it guys. They carried me through a terrible couple of years
Now the purpose of this camp this I want to make very clear we're not here
We're not here to put down anyone
Especially a teacher
We're not here to criticize how they teach
But we invite them to come here and learn some of the truths about playing a brass instrument
Which is pretty remote. I have one of the greatest teachers
Tell me one time he said
always remember
Teachers ruin more prospective material than they ever know I
Want a statement, you know, but it was real because most teachers
Do not understand the basic principles. It doesn't mean they're not sincere
It doesn't mean they're not dedicated they are
But unless they understand the basic principles of playing how are they going to give it to someone else? I?
Got some things to show you tonight. I think you'll I
Think you'll enjoy seeing
Now unfortunately
There are those here tonight, I suppose I hope not
But generally I've seen it too many many of the camps they'll come up now first of all
What's some of the things you're going to learn you're going to work with in literature?
classical symphonic jazz
How what when to practice?
time-tested techniques of brass playing
TV and motion picture recording breathing exercises the natural elements that make up glass playing
Making a brass instrument work correctly
basic musicianship for the younger ones
with wireless of a studio position
brass choir and brass rehearsals
Construction and care of brass instruments and much much more
Now if you're going to learn all this and be confronted with this all week
Now then yet. There are some
That will leave the minute they leave
It's all forgotten
And they go back to the very things they've been doing for the past 20 or 30 years
Rather than change their whole style of practice and play
So then the camp doesn't do them any good they say oh, yeah
I have one young fellow say one time when I heard that lecture on mouthpieces
And I said it was very interesting he said, but I'd rather get some more opinions from mouthpiece makers
Now am I gonna lie to him about it. I played for 65 years in the top brackets of the profession
Early in that when I was a youngster. I got in some problems
with especially with
Conductor came up to me one time
There was a lot of great blast players in those studios, and they'd always come up and say Gordy
You know something
When you play high you don't sound like you're high
If you get a smaller mouthpiece
Nobody could touch you in the world
Yeah, I get this every day finally. I fell prey to it
And I went up and I had a mouthpiece making a small mouthpiece
Well, I might repeat this to you again on that day, but I'll tell you now I'm starting once I get started
I'm a hard time stock
so anyway
Will rehash
second conductor on the network under blood-bluskin
Great musician had ears like you wouldn't believe
String bass player way around what no and he'd catch it right now
Not many conductors can do that
So he came up one day. He says well. He said let's go to lunch. I'll buy you lunch
Now I've been first trouble
eight or nine years by that time so I said okay, so we went out to lunch. We're sitting there and all of a sudden he said
How are you feeling?
Great and
Here's your shirt. I said yeah, he says
Are we working too hard I?
Said no I said so we'd have some ten-hour days now where you don't stop playing for ten hours
Sometimes you turn the music over
They'd have the announcement you start the next show right then go through three or four shows without stopper
Of course that was back in radio days when they had live music
And we only had one room don't nobody miss
As that's that's all we thought about
so anyway
All the time he said well if you if you need some time off we'll give some time off I
Know I don't need time off
So I said why bill?
They said well
You're just not sounding like the same old plot I
Had this new small mouthpiece
We're recording
They couldn't hear me in front of a big orchestra no matter how hard I played
Learned right then
Through it as far as I could trust I went back to the one I played that Herbert Clark gave me
What 40 years ago?
Then there was no more problem
So this
This guy he didn't want to take what I said he said well. I'd rather get some mouth peacemakers ideas a
lot of peacemaker makes mouth pieces
He's not a trumpet player. He's great for the ladies and can make what you want
But if you don't know what you want, you're not going to make it, but you're going to pay for it
Mouthpiece business is a multi-million maybe billion dollar business a year off of you guys
So it is important okay now then
Unfortunately, there are those that are going to leave
Never think I'm going to go right back to the old way of practice
Instead of taking these principles to heart and applying them in your practice
In everything that you do
Now then you must learn
to play correctly
Ninety-nine percent of the trumpet profession do not know how to play correctly
Many of them teach
But you don't have brass teachers really this is what's sad we have music teachers
Teaching to play correctly means the forces of nature and what we have to use for example
For example
Like you I know a lot of you've heard that put up your hand how many heard that you gotta learn to play correct
How many of you ever knew what that meant
That's as far as they go they say you gotta learn to play correctly you never hear any more about it
Then some teachers you come into your lesson. I'm not running anywhere down. I'm not using names. I don't mean I just want you to know a
Many of you go into your teacher, and you'll say well. What do you want to work on today?
He's asking you
He should be telling you what you're going to work on not asking you I
Had one one student committee only lasted three lessons
And he came in the the first day
Takes out his horn, and he knew nothing about playing it was just a disgrace
I said well, I played my church, and I want because I want to work on this today, and here was a song out of his song
I said no you're the wrong teacher. I said I don't work on this thing. That's up to you
As first of all you got to learn to play that horn and make it work easily
So he only lasted three lessons
And I didn't expect him to even last one really
now then
This is our textbook
So if you don't have it, you're going to have to have it how many of you don't have it
Okay, all right now if you don't have it see Bruce because he handles the story
Now when that statement was first given to me. I really didn't believe it and a player that's struggling
He's not going to leave me
And run the book to my lot of people probably go boy
You know when you see a young player in his eyeballs out to here when he gets to a high C
That doesn't look like it's easy
But it is easy, and we're going to prove that to you all during the week
Tonight I have the book and I want you to study tonight
pages 6 through 13
That's part one, and I didn't study it now
Don't just sit down there and read it over get the sense of what the book is talking about
That's what you've got to any book that you study get the sense of what the author meant
This is what's been one of the problems for many years. Let's take a look in Williams now Williams studied with Clark
He became a great
trumpet player and
his students became great trumpet players many of them like
My good friend Don Jacobi
What a fabulous player, and he was one of Williams students
So where did Williams get it?
We got it from Clark, and he wrote a very fine book now in that book on page
186 now in your Williams book it'll probably be
190 something or less. I don't know this is an old book. They've changed the pages up. I want to read you what he said
When we are in tune with nature's requirements
Now get the sense of that
Scientists have to be in tune with it don't they?
There's no true science unless it fits with the natural
elements of the earth
When we're in tune with nature's requirements the playing of high tones on the cornet or trumpet is not
Not many would agree with that would they?
But it's absolutely true now when he goes on further. He said it is generally believed that
High tones are more difficult to produce than the tones in the middle register
This is not altogether true
If one has trained
Properly now there's that correct my friends you have to learn to play correct
So if one has trained properly and has cultivated the correct method of production
One tone is virtually as easy to produce as another
And he's absolutely right when you have the proper elements of making that tone production
a high C
Double C feels no different
Than a middle C a little more effort of course
But when it's right these elements, which we're going to learn this week
It's not that hard do you ever notice that all these that makes these big tests
So called scientific tests, I'm going to mention one of the minutes is in the science magazine
They're all guys
You look at him. You know they couldn't about hold out a tenth chair in any high school concert band
And they're the ones making the test
Always looking for one thing
But now let's take I'm going to have that Clark's book here technical studies
Who's got a Clark technical studies in here?
Bruce can you get one quick?
Somebody's gotta have one
I want to read it. I can quote it. I know the
Old one preferably
You will all right, how about you Tom?
That was a nice thing about
Animal memory, I'd go on the job and have an hour to practice
Practice what I want to work on
And those things I'm doing good if you don't practice
We had kids you'll bring that
Which often if he were here
He would really bring some things out because several brass camps back. He was a young student
and he came up in the camp and did the
like one
52 times in one breath that's 52 repeats
Now in order to do that he was working he was working on breathing exercise and fingering or he couldn't have done it
But it was easy for him
Now why was it easy?
Because he was playing correctly and working on the basic things. All right now then in Clark's book
On the ninth study
It has a series of chromatic scales that start from
Lower sharp high D and back down the lower sharp
And it's written to practice four times in one break
This goes up by half steps through the ninth study until it goes from
B to top G
Then he has two lines at the bottom where it goes from low G to top G back down four times in one breath
Now notably the text says
No strain is necessary if played properly
I have asked every student over the years. What did he mean by that?
They would come up with every doubt God answer you could possibly believe just what he did not
Meant if you play correctly using the elements of nature
That make that instrument work
now when I was a youngster I did I
Got it up to six times in one breath when I was studying with Clark
And we will show you on the video tape
this week where I
Do it four times in one breath and that was 70 years old
After a heart attack surgery and everything else. I can still do it four times in one breath
And it wasn't hard at all
Because you use the correct elements, which we're going to we're going to talk about these elements all week
now that
summer reviser
Been very upset at Carl Fisher for that
I don't know why they didn't send me the book if they wanted it revised because I
Think I know more about Herbert Clark than anyone alive today
I knew exactly what he meant and what he was intended
So this reviser instead of using that text no strain is necessary it played properly
He said
You won't have to go you will not need to use any strain
If you keep the lips tight and don't play too loud
Isn't what Clark said he said give play properly
Now the property is using the seven natural elements of play
That takes time to learn and takes a little work
So those are the thing now if you have the new Clark technique studies the red book
Ignore the text because it's all wrong
Now they said this look what William said I just read just what Clark said I just read
They didn't explain everything they just said that's the fact
Now if you want to find out exactly what to do you have to study with them
But there's many
Students that do not value
their plane enough
To spend the money it might take to study with a teacher of that telephone
If I had a woman
Tell her son one base, and I was only charging 50 now
And she says you mean to tell me you want to pay $50 for that lesson and drive clear across Los Angeles to get it
She does a teacher right down there on the corner you get for three dollars. That's just what he got three dollar teaching
And he never became a player
Parents can be sometimes a little troublesome, but not the average attitude everybody thinks
That these players in their early life picked up an instrument and played like that
And a lot of them would like you to believe that I have students now. That's just a phenomenal player and
They come on like well
They want you to think you have to work for so anyway
they did and
Herbie Clark put out a
Great little book telling of his troubles
One year at the camp we gave everybody one I haven't been able to get that many yet, but we will at one of these camp
Great little book shows you he didn't play correct all the time. He had many many struggles
Every great player that ever lived on any instrument
Will tell you of the struggles they had
When I first came to Los Angeles, I had five dollars in my pocket. I was out of gas. I
Was a scared kid 19 years old
Just married. We didn't know anybody
Checked in a hotel because we had bags
That's the only reason they let us in a
Couple of nights we we got tired of sleeping in the car
So we checked in a motel a minute. We saw the Sun coming up. We'd be the got out
But we never
You couldn't there's no way you can't be there today you'd be rested for you got two blocks, but fortunately we
We they had a
Place up on Vermont the Sunset called five corners. It was a dinner for 25 cents
And we've got a hold of 25 cents somewhere
I don't remember where we would come up with some money was like we're going to get this 25 cent dinner and we split
It between us
That's the way we lived for three years
We went hungry
Place to stay all of this, but I had one thing I was going to be a great trouble player and that was it
Never thought of anything else. So it may take that sometimes
And there's some articles in the brass playing book here that you'll get a kick out of about them
None of those players
Started out great. They started out most of their greatest
Started out as very poor players. That one time. I was the worst cornet player that ever lived
When I was a kid at eight years old I played pretty well
My dad taught me my mother taught me music and we had an orchestra in the family
I played pretty well at eight. I had a playable high up
When I was eight years old never worried all I want to do is play, but I want to play better so I start taking lessons
That change everything by the time I was 18, I couldn't even get an A above the staff
All these things have been pounded at
And then I decided I'm gonna no matter what the cost Herbert Clark was alive I'm going down to see him
If I had enough I never would have had a successful career after three years with him it was just
Like that. I studied with him up till he died. I'd still be studying with him. He was alive
One of the greatest old men you ever know in your life
marvelous guy
All right now then
Those great players
All talk the truth and play
They didn't always explain it you can't explain everything in a book
That's why I've got quite a few books out everybody when I started writing books and players. What are you gonna write about?
You know everything was put down. You know you never do anything
Until systematic approach surpassed our books then everybody was pretty surprised
Because it was something new that they could get a hold of and use
Now this was the same with Arvin the st. Chacon
They never explained everything
Arvin had a lot of text, but it didn't record with most people and
each player put his own interpretation of what Arvin meant and
These teachings were handed down as true
Generally they were all wrong
Arvin mentioned the tongue at one time. He said the tongue has a two of the false ones. Nobody knew what it meant
But they started teaching what they thought he meant
Who suffered the students I never saw a young student yet that didn't hate the Arvin book
Just hate it because he couldn't play it. It's not a beginners book
I'm just now putting students that have been with these for six years or more
Through an absolutely intense study of our right time
How's it how's the argument affecting you now
That's one thing
He's a player
Most players won't spend that much time st. Chacon was the same one of the greatest books ever written
It's not understood. I've just done a revision of st. Chacon
When it'll come out, I don't know because Carl Fischer will not put it out until they have exhausted all the printings that have
So when it will come out, I don't know but I did annotate the Arvin and if you see the new Arvin
the Carl Fischer edition and you
Read the footnotes. You'll start to understand Arvin a lot better
some of the revisers
made it worse and
You will see this because I left their comments and then clarifying the whole thing. Are you okay to kick on it if you read it?
It was like
My son the young son by the time he became
40 years of age he was a world famous pianist
Julia turned him down
When he was young
I said, well, you're not ready for Juilliard yet. He made the Tchaikovsky competition that year
That was a riff between two teachers
the head one there and
T. Steven was studying from
Steven practiced I would be asleep in the morning that I hear them practice this piano ten hours a day
year after year
But he reached the top
Now that's what you've got to do if you're not willing to work at it
How are you going to do it?
You can't
All right now
Let me read you what one
of the greatest
writers of all time
He said fire from being content with sound teaching
People will be avid for the latest novelty
And collect themselves a whole series of teachers
according to their own tastes
And then instead of listening to the truth they will turn to the myths
And we're going to talk about some of those myths of glass playing in just a moment
Okay, French horn
There's an article
by a French horn player
Came out in the magazine
Now he was evidently reckoned as being a great
French hornist
You know as I pronounced French hornist in my language not the way they do in symphonies
I never was one to follow the
Symphony players
He said here what conductors really wanted a horn player
Playing the entire principle
Is someone who won't play too loud and won't crack a note
Have you ever heard a French horn player that didn't crack a note?
I read an article one time from a critic that went backstage by the horn section to criticize the orchestra
And you should have read that article. I wish that kept it. It was in real time. I tell you I just cracked that one so funny
She said, you know, it looks like they're sitting in the lake
Their feet are getting wet and she said you ever know how many misses they make
That's all you hear back there is misses
That's the trouble French horn players have a terrible time, but there's a necessary
Not necessary at all. You can be absolutely assured as a trumpet player to bonus to anything
Learn to play correctly
And yet the minute you do and start talking everybody's going to come on you like a ton of bricks
Oh, no, that's not right. You should do this
She'd get a face mask
all these things
Ridiculous what they teach now notice what he said
Horn playing
May also be physically stressful in ways that researchers are just beginning to understand
I get a kid on his researcher in
1974 dr. Stephen Horvath conduct a study of 75 professional horns at the University of California
Santa Barbara's Institute of
environmental stress
Electro-radiograms showed that 71% experienced various cardiac
Arrhythmia's quad play
All the professional musicians have seemingly suffered no ill effects from this occurrence
Further studies are needed to determine the risks for beginners as though that was very dangerous to play that
What is known is that brass players generally have shorter careers
Than their colleagues in the string percussion section because of the physical endurance required
That's baloney
If I hadn't had a heart attack and then I had the surgery I'd still be playing double high C's the guys will tell you that
So not very many years before I had that I was practicing up to the double C's triple C's very easily
In fact the tape that you see was done after heart surgery
What is known is that brass players have shorter careers generally some people lose it in their late 40s
Ridiculous. Some of the best players I've known are in their 60s
Right now
Severance is a pretty good player and I bet he's in his 60s
Probably doing the best he's done yet as a trumpet player
Notice the 37 year old mr. So-and-so. Others make it to their mid 60s. It's a matter of time for all of us
What a terrible remark to me
Look at the scourging that may be to someone that really wants to become a fine player
And what else principal friends on us and one of the major separate?
So they're going to figure what he knows
But the thing is he doesn't
He doesn't know even why he's having trouble, you know, the most students come out from around the world
to say are
Plays fine place and they're having trouble and they want to know why
First trumpet in the Munich Symphony first trombone in the Munich opera
St. Louis think they will travel
Or is it something
They all come down to find out why am I having trouble Tom? Would you open up that bag of tricks?
The first
The lip phobia the lip does not play the horn
That's one of the hardest things to get out of your cockeyed head
I've thrown students out of the studio once up to San Francisco
I said I don't want to ever mention that lip again in this studio
And if you're going to don't come back
He didn't come back
I think I stared him out
diaphragm breathing
another man
Keep the corners of your mouth tight
That's another minute
Small equipment to play easy
Terrible it's just the opposite the more open equipment you play the easier you want to play
Holding the instrument certain ways in order to produce certain notes
Mouthpieces oh gosh, I didn't say I hate to mention the word mouthpiece
Even some of my best students will not listen. They still got to go out and get in trouble
And they never stop changing
All of you that change mouthpiece you ever notice that you never stop changing
Why do you suppose that is
Why don't you stop changing your forehead something that's good
Because it never fulfills a desire
Whereas if they'd stay with what I tell them they find out just like I did when they play it all their lives
And they would constantly play better
We'll have a day on this too the use of gadgets
to become better player
Boy, oh boy, we're really
Snowball in the fact I want to show you here's a
Here's a a
Advertisement that came out of it in a national position a new dimension in practicing
Now I can't tell what it is by looking at it looks like a slide rule. It's got the shape of a cup on the end of
It's called a lip trainer
Don't know what it's supposed to do, but it's going to cost you $40
When you get done with it after a few days, it'll go in the trash can I
Tried all of those things when I was a kid
None of them are going to work
I didn't think she does a lot of great players come out there. I
Go listen to them. I hear that's in search of the myths again because everybody gets up at those places gonna tell you something different
Generally, it's all going to be based on the lip
Small equipment and so forth now notice this gym
This is one. I showed this to Larry Susan one day and he took the magazine through the trash can
This is really something
Anyone who finds the trumpets upper register type or stuffy should try loosening the bottom valve caps
What in the world do the valve caps have to do with that horn
The tubes go about that far up from the valve caps nothing comes down to the valve caps
You can throw all three of them away
Would make one different in fact when I hear that I lost two valve caps off my horn
Didn't have the money to order anymore. So I played it that way for several years
Didn't hurt anything
This is this is the kind of things they're teaching see now notice what he said
Particularly the third valve cap better yet losing all caps one or more turn and put on a brand good
If that's a black thing that catches the water if all the bottom caps are loosened until they are held on by only one
or two threads with the grand bag
The main tuning slide must be pulled in as the pitch of the whole instrument is low
I've designed many truffles. They're working on the coordinate now. That has nothing to do with the horn pitch
In fact this week I'm going to show you what makes a horn playing too
Experimenting to find optimal position of the bottom cap anyone who has problems with the second valve being sharp should loosen the second cap
Now I see these students coming out of the colleges
They've got all our rubber a little rubber thin
Between the valve cap and about to keep that valve caps down further
This is what you're getting in the college
That's it no wonder they don't turn out players all right now that
The horn article I read the ITG the lip trainer now we have one more here. I want you to see this is in a science magazine
It says we proposed to find the answers to three questions
First how much force can top-flank professional players use
Now right away their mind is forced because they see this beat red
And the eyeballs
What's the
They see Dizzy Gillespie with his cheeks out of here, which has nothing to do with the way he's playing
He's playing very easily really, but this is there's some
Tissue problem here, and he can't help that I've had students with that too and
Secondly how well can they judge?
Which of their pupils will use a little force and which use a lot?
They're supposed to judge their pupils if they can't tell what a student's doing they shouldn't be teaching
Then they're going to find out thirdly
Can they actively gauge the forces always the force and the changes in force that they themselves employ?
Now look at the guys here's the pictures that they use
In the state picture that guy gets up and playing great souls
I'm sitting up straight
And that's one of the guys that put out the test
And I could read on and on and that's the gadgets they use they put in the horn to measure the force
That is supposed to be silence
It makes me sick
now that
Let's look at some of the gadgets
You're going to let you're going to get thrown at you
Now if you want to throw your money away and buy these gadgets
That's up to you
But when you leave the camp this week, you're going to know how to play correctly
You don't need gadgets
Let's see where are they?
I want someone to place
Now this first gadget
I'm not going to mention the name of everything you see now this comes from
It gives you the exercises to use
Don't play on the instrument. That's the good you got to practice on a gadget
Now here's one. It's called the brass shortcut
Now it's got two holes here. Why I don't know because he stresses in there you must cover those holes
Oh, and somebody's got to have a trumpet to do this
Another one is the the officer visualizer
I had some real sessions with
This one you put it's a rim and you hold it you put it up and you visualize your mouth your officer
What would you learn?
What would that tell you I know you've all seen that gadget what would it tell you
Someone asked me what are you going to learn from that when you put that visualize up there all day long
What are you going to learn from?
You're here no two officers are going to look alike anyway, and what do you care what they look like?
And the mouth recession will get into what's correct
And then he's got all these articles, but you better hear this thing as soon as they get out who's got their mouthpiece
Never without at least you've got to go home and practice on the edge
And this is one of those tops, okay?
You put your fingers on those old
Wait, let me give you an exercise, okay?
Will look for the professional warm-up for beginners
Oh, yeah
But you know in all sincerity some players are just like that now then
Here's one that's great
This is the armature visualizer
Now somebody tell me what's that gonna do for you
Now as a little kid I tried to say
Yeah, and the reason I got there's a company I don't mind telling you what
Elf co-corporation they mail me a whole box of those because they wanted me to endorse them
Now this one
This is called a burp
That's just what it is
But it's going to hurt now notice there's no opening in the end
And the mouthpiece will fit in here, and there's a little hole in the side
Now the advertised wing is the first real chops
The college is by those by the dozens
When you see all those kids taking lessons from the colleagues and out there wasn't that
Now by any logical conclusion what in the world is that going to do for you why not practice on your instrument
That's what you're going to play
That reminds me when the teacher says teachers destroy more perspective material than they ever know
You can really see that
That's a hug of lead
You're supposed to put it on your mouth
Then put it in your horn and that holds the horn like this
And that comes from the New York system
How'd you like to practice of that on there
Here's a dandy of Alzheimer's
No pressure about this
Now they many teachers will tell you you don't use any pressure
I'd love to see the player today
Place big-time shows big bands
It didn't use any pressure
There's no such thing as no question. It does not exist
But this we used to practice on his kids
Now you put the mouthpiece
When you start to press a little bit
This will drive you to surprise
No one has helped with a guy that manufactures he makes money
Now here was a dim dandy this guy had
Seminar down at the Union in Los Angeles
You know
We're down the block waiting to get into the seminar this guy never
And he was a
And he gave the seminar now what happened
Yeah, you put you plant this on the board
Like that now
The last piece it worked like that
I have a mouthpiece when you start to play you buzz
And you're supposed to keep buzzing until that goes in the horn
Let me pull it back
When they do it
Spent closer to the horns and he's buzzing all the time loud as he can this guy said
Wasn't loud again. They're going all of a sudden it hits the horn
Buzzing the mouthpiece is one of the worst things you can do. It's but it's just a waste of time
It doesn't develop a thing
It's just fooling you up here
There was another one this guy thought so much of this was an intention to go play
You put that in the horn
I know she's gonna play the horn you put this in the heart then you put the mouthpiece in there
You practice a little mouthpiece, but you got the horn feel
That's the myths just a few where it goes
I used to as a little kid. I bought a gadget that you hold in the teeth that rubber on it
And then it had a thing on a little thing came out on the lower lip and then had weights and springs and you would
Do that for the hour I'm supposed to build a strong officer
Do you more harm than good?
Brass players use your head
It's all a friendship deal these total players
Endorse it because so-and-so is a friend of theirs, and that's all it is
It's a shame if you just practice correctly on your horn you're gonna be a player
Out of practice
What the practice
And when you practice
Now who can tell me what I mean by how to practice
Somebody let me see your hands. What do I mean by how to practice?
Now if you don't know how to practice
You're spoiled from the very start
and the thing about it is I
Have gone on hundreds of clinics
Throughout the United States and Canada all the universities
None of them are any different all teach the same thing all of this
All the mouthpiece phobias
And I've got in the head
You know I got your books this night the problem even I like the book. It's just tremendous, but I've been practicing
I'm not getting any better
Guy like that. I'll take a little time. I said come on. Let's go in the back room. Let me see
He wasn't doing one thing that the book said to do
He'd take his arm, and he played trying to play the notes the same way. He's been trying to play all his life
It lays it out in there. This is the way you do it
And that's what the teachers are here for that's what I'm for and that's all my students that are teaching
That's what they're for to show you how to practice if you don't practice it like this says
It's not going to help you notes are all notes
It's how you do it
Now the next one is what to practice
Now you can pick up our book
Practice out of it for ten years and play worse than you did when you started
If you don't know what exercises to use to develop what you need to develop they're all in there
But you've got to know what to use to develop
So how to practice and what practice go hand in hand?
That's why with all of my students idea the routines
I tell your own practices first second third fourth tip right down the line in that order
Then you're going to improve
Now some will come and say well. I like to do this one first
You either do it the way I say or go to somebody else because it's not going to work any other way
When to practice
What does that mean?
Someone ought to know that what does that mean how to practice what to practice when to practice?
What do you think that means?
Anyway, take a guess
Well, how do you know you heard me talking?
Someone that doesn't know what do you think that means it's in the every book. I read three things how to practice
What the practice and when to practice?
What must I mean by that?
Well somebody should know okay
That would that would help yeah, I wouldn't say that's incorrect anyone I got mine, but that's okay
Let's put another way when to practice what?
When do you start practicing a certain exercise?
When do you start practicing a certain book?
This is a common mistake
A player go down. They don't see a book in this business. Oh boy. That looks good. He'll open up. It's got some nice flexibility except the bison
That'd be a good book
I mean two or three days. You'll play first few exercise out of it
Nothing changes
The person you know it's on the shelf. He never touches it again
He doesn't know when to start practicing
It shouldn't come off right in some early start of his plan or studying is when he needs it
And every student has I don't have a student. I'll keep my exercises for months
Until it starts doing what I want to see it do
until it develops
Carly should tell you that
I want to get off this book. Oh, Carl. He's very forceful. I don't like this anymore. I want to get off this
It wasn't happening yet
Let's go let's go another another lesson. That's four more weeks. I knew I had him hooked in yesterday four weeks on
All right, come back next time
Can't get off this book. I hate this book
I don't think so. Yeah, let's let's just go one more lesson and then we'll change it
Okay, you always say okay
So the next lesson came as this and he played and it was worth it
Just excellent. I said, all right Carl now we'll turn this up now. I don't want to get off this now. I love it
And that's just the way where you've got to stay on an exercise until it develops when it's supposed to develop
Sometimes that's hard to do. Oh
right now
I gave you the pages to study didn't I?
Okay. Now your first breathing exercise now how what and when the practice involves seven items
First what's the first one?
Windpower, right?
What's the second one?
What's third
That's control, sorry now we got three of them wind power
The tongue
That's control you have to have some wind power before you're under control
What's the fourth item? What are you now number four?
The lip
It just vibrates. We'll get into that later
That's one of the hardest things for you to understand. Number five
What is it?
Number five
Fingers in the right hand. Very important. You're not going to have any control
Until you have some fingers both on our arms
Okay, now we've got something else. Six. What's six?
Right facial muscles
They're what hold the lip in place so that the lip will keep vibrating
As a result, it's they're fluctuating all the time and they have to be very strong
Those are the seven items that we have to learn how to practice
What to practice and when to practice them to develop these things that we need
That's where I come in. That's where your teacher comes in
Brad is a good teacher
Casey is a good teacher
Okay, now
All the groups
We have several more up north that all have teaching certificates
I've given them after many many tests that they prove that they know how to teach the basics
All right. Now the first exercise we're going to go in tomorrow. The first thing we're going to work on is breathing
We're going to dispel this diaphragm theory
But tonight in order to get ready
Aren't you going to all stand up?
Now when you take a breath
The air will then be going to the lungs
That's the lungs
That's what your lungs are for
And we have several doctors that will verify that. Can I write that in my head? The lungs take the air
Nothing else does
Now I want you to practice one thing everybody pull our arms back like this
Now notice right away you expand, right?
Now when you take a breath fill the lungs like this
Now the lungs fill nothing else
Stomach doesn't fill
That's for food
You don't put food in your lungs, do you?
So take a breath fill in your lungs
Now you're going to get this every day every session. This is going to be pounded at you
Hopefully so that you never will forget it when you leave
All right, and here's what it's going to mean. I want you to keep that chest up. Never let that chest down
Now let the air up and keep that chest up like that
All right now fill it up again
Now let it out
But don't let the chest drop
Is there anything up there?
Come here
Now Dave's going to have a lot of these breathing things in every session
And before you start we're going to do this the first thing in the morning
We're going out in law and we'll get into the detailed discussion of it tomorrow morning
But Dave, show them how you handle the breathing as we head into the start of every session
Okay, just drop back like Claude said
Pull the chest up, breathe slowly through your nose
All the way full
Now raise on the shoulders
Out through your mouth slowly
Keep the chest up, give it all the air
Back in through your nose
So you're toeing me up, you don't go half way
Now you do that ten breaths
Now if you have to stop, stop
But ten breaths at a time without the chest coming down
Boy, pretty soon that back's going to...
Because that forces you to breathe correctly
Those muscles work as nature intended
This garbage about a diaphragm is ridiculous
And we'll get into that some more tomorrow
Get that chest up
And then we're going to take you out in the morning and have you walk and do breathing exercises
And you remember these things because if you're dedicated, you'll do it
A while back, Dave's run out of the habit of doing six-hands
He said, wow, that's not going to fire
I'm a good player
What happened?
Range dropped right in his face
It was funny, Claude, you called me the other night, right?
What was I doing? My wife had to go find me doing one
You were doing breathing exercises
Yeah, I was out doing my breathing exercises
Claude goes, you sound like you're tired
Yeah, Claude, it was breathing exercises
So you got to keep doing them
You never stop
I did them all my life
We were up in Salt Lake when my wife wanted to go window shopping
So we're walking down the main drag in Salt Lake
And she's talking, oh, look at this and that
And once you see it, I didn't answer it, I guess
And she looks and says, oh, you're doing your breathing exercises
And I was
But boy, they paid off
And you're going to get to see a little of that this week
And I'll show you the things that I went through
Okay, now that is all we can do tonight
You can digest all of it
Now, take that book before you go to sleep
Study those pages