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Do not let individual notes get bumps, and above all else, never allow any inflection on individual notes. They were originally a creation of Vincent Cichowicz, one cichowic the great trumpet players and teachers of the last century.
He taught me that staccato tonguing can be an aural illusion. What I listen for is: These simple exercises are known and used by trumpet players all over the world. Then, I would slur two notes and tongue two notes, then slur two, tongue six, etc.
Cichowicz Flow Studies
They may seem easy to play, however, doing them correctly takes lots of practice, but will really develop your sound and singing ability on the trumpet. I would play scale patterns from the Williams scales rtumpet. A string of sixteenth notes played with crisp articulation will sound like short notes, but the airflow remains constant.
Also, a much more in depth explanation from a friend and past teacher, Mark Dulin: Each exercise begins with a half step. Often a player will blow cichowcz the middle of a note, and then before changing to another, back off of the air, make the change, and then blow into the next note.
A good illustration of this is the rain bird sprinkler at a golf course.
I can listen to someone playing these, and really know a lot about where they are in their trumpet development. As you begin to get into higher ranges, make sure to blow fast and thick air over the trumper of the slur. First, I would play them articulating every eight notes, then every four notes, then every two. I found this a great way to make the staccato illusion happen. These are good exercises to do in unison with a teacher, or another player, and work on blending your tones and pitch.
Flow Studies Vol. 1 (Cichowicz)
Use this as an easy reminder to not let valves change how we feed air into the trumpet. The patterns consist of steady running notes.
Each exercise adds one beat of sixteenths to the pattern. This exercise should be practiced single tongued and with a metronome.
Flow Studies Vol. 1 (Cichowicz) — Balquhidder Music
They cchowicz perfect because they start in an easy register and slowly move outward, expanding not only in range but also in length. Do not stop in the middle, and hold the last note long, at least double what is written. By keeping the air flowing in this manner one can tongue faster and do it for longer stretches.
Like so many players would clamp down or negatively compress the air not that all compression is bad, I have come to learn.
Before playing each measure trumpef written, I would play the rhythmic pattern on one repeated note See example. Classical Trumpet Performance, Teaching. It was how he related to air flow to articulation that helped me the most in my career.
I am sure it was obvious to Cichowicz that on bad days or even good ones I was inhibiting or restricting my air flow. Sometimes I just tell students to hold the last note until they run out of air. Your airstream should resemble one long arch. The water flows constantly trumpe the arm bounces off the water stream.