since people like Maynard Ferguson, Bill Chase and Cat Anderson
showed trumpet players everywhere that the trumpet could be
played with power and control to double high C and above,
trumpet playing and trumpet players have never been the same.
The dream of all serious players instantly became and has
remained, to emulate this proficiency. However, this goal
has been realized by only a very fortunate few. It remains
an eternal grail - a seemingly constant source of unrewarded
labors for most players. Those few powerhouse players who
have attained some altissimo skill are frequently "naturals",
and are at a loss to explain how they do it.
methods have been suggested that tend to work to some extent
with some players, but the process of high playing has never
been extensively analyzed until now. This book, written by
a person who understands both the physics and the musical
aspects of high playing, is the definitive work in this area.
The author has designed an exercise program that considers
subtleties of playing never investigated before. These exercises
incorporate many elements simultaneously to produce an optimum
and extremely efficient methodology.
the topics considered are:
- minimization techniques.
- physics and design.
FLOW - larynx relaxation and Zen technique.
HAND GRIP - designed to minimize pressure.
ANGLE - effects of pivot.
AND WARM-UP - and optimized approach.
- mouthpieces, bore size and other equipment effects.
OF HIGH PLAYING - effect of attitude.
OF THE TRUMPET - pressure losses and energy distribution.
DESIGNED EXERCISE PROGRAM - includes partial valve techniques
and use of external pressure nodes beyond the bell.
Barnhouse sincerely believe this book can be one of the major
"tools" in a trumpet player's library, and that
exposure to this system will benefit all players from novice
"Extremely well done, very informative, I would not
hesitate to recommend this book at any time."
book may be purchased from the publisher, C. L. Barnhouse, in Oskaloosa Iowa, by calling 641-673-8397 or faxing 888-673-4718.