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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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. To this end, Flexus asks the student to momentarily put aside the study of music itself and instead practice the musical movements involved in playing the instrument. To improvise effectively, the physical act of playing needs to be a conditioned reflex.
It stands with Arban, Clarke, Schlossberg, Stamp and Caruso as standard material for any serious student of the trumpet. Buy now at Amazon. Thanks to Laurie and John for creating the new standard. 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.
It does not judge itself for its failures, but simply tries again.
Flexus – Interview with Laurie Frink
Freedom of expression is only possible when the physical demands of playing are under control. When given a consistent tempo, muscles coordinate much more easily. Contains a personal history of jazz trumpet, articulation, valve technique, and alternate fingerings.
Calissthenics comes through exposure and repetition – you expose yourself to what you want to learn and then repeat the exposure. As every trumpet player knows, playing an extended solo often results in trunpet the trumpet less correctly as the solo goes on.
FLEXUS: Trumpet Calisthenics For The Modern Improvisor
This results in muscular balance, which leads turmpet greater facility and endurance. John has led his own groups since the late ‘s and has recorded many critically acclaimed CD’s.
Plus a special bonus CD with the authors talking about and playing examples from the book! By the way, this book has totally changed my playing for the flexuss A comprehensive study of modern jazz trumpet playing.
What we call coordination is just the synchronized movement of muscles in time.
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To this end, FLEXUS asks the student to momentarily put aside the study of music itself and instead practice the muscular movements involved in playing the instrument. The first book to deal with the unique physical demands of improvising on the trumpet.
Other books by John McNeil: Flexus is the most important trumpet method book of the new millennium. Buy now at GazonG Press.