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Routine for Brass Players: The

Benefits of Group Warm-up

Presented by:
Maddy Tarantelli

What the "warm-up" is about

Warm-up is simply the term we use to describe the group activity done every morning

Routine of fundamental exercises for brass

Warming up is the byproduct of Routine

Routine develops consistency

Consistency develops confidence and predictability

Why in a group?

Develop section-like environments

Matching: sound and color, balance, ends of notes, pitch, dynamics, etc.

Incorporate music theory fundamentals, ear training, and improvisation

Start your day with like-minded individuals and build a sense of community

Balance with solitary fundamentals

Getting to know and understand your own tendencies
Working at your pace and sequencing

Elements of a Routine

Stretching & Breathing


Bridging Ranges


Tonguing & Scales


Long Tones

Flexibilities (Harmonic series control)

Culminating Point (Music, Style, Ensemble)

o Breathing Gym & Brass Gym

Sam Pilafian & Patrick Sheridan

o Caruso Method

Today's Warm-Up
brought to you by:

Carmine Caruso edited by

Julie Landsman

o Hackleman Routine
Marty Hackleman

o Some of our own exercises!

Let's begin

Wake up the body

Loosen up
Rid the body of tension

Stretching & Breathing

Breathing prepares us for music, oral shape,

and inhale/exhale habits

Lips, Mouthpiece, Horn

Subdivide one measure before playing

Tap your foot

Free Buzzing
Breath attack

Purpose of Curuso Method:

Buzz low or on mouthpiece if need be

Do not force

o Gets the body ready for music

o Strong and healthy chops in all
registers with even sound and feel
o Strength and refinement

Mouthpiece Buzzing
Keep the mouthpiece set
Breathe through the nose or corners

Lip bend or use valve for note change

Caruso: Lips, Mouthpiece, Horn

Remember to subdivide!

Breath attack

Hackleman 1

o Connects the ranges of the horn

o Familiarizes one with all registers

o Adaptable for articulation and feel that day

o Follows the Circle of Fifths Sequence

Smooth Air Movement

Tonguing & Scales

High Horn



These are done between any two partials on the horn either on the F or Bb side.
Valve changes happen every beat and proceed chromatically.


Adapting for Your Group

Simplification of each exercise allows the younger players to participate while others can still

Stick with a sequence and that pace for at least 4-6 weeks to develop consistency
balance rest with playing

Change up pacing (how long) and/or sequencing (order) if needed

this involves the most care and time to understand

Stick with that change for a few weeks and see what happens!

Consider making a packet to alleviate the intensity of the learning curve

Only put a few iterations of each exercise so the rote aspect of learning kicks in and players have to listen and
use their theory fundamentals to figure the rest of the notes out

Interested in doing this on a regular basis?

Find a routine that covers the main fundamentals on the horn

Do this with ease, balance, and moderation in mind

Find like-minded, driven musicians who like to work

Come up with simplified versions of each exercise to work with younger players

Find ways to adjust exercises to keep things interesting

Dynamic changes
improvisation around the circle
incorporate foreign scales and modes
Play section excerpts at the end
Play folk songs or tunes by rote to challenge the ear

Give it time. There is an average of 4-6 weeks until breakthroughs occur. Be patient with the varying
learning curves of each individual.

Time Guru
Chord Bot

Technology in the

iReal Pro
Amplifier, PA, or Monitor

Bortnick, Avi . Time Guru. iPhone Application. Decibel Consulting, 2011.

Chord Bot. iPhone Application. Contrasonic AB, 2014.

Hackleman, Martin. The Martin Hackleman Routine. Unpublished.

iReal Pro. iPhone Application. Technimo LLC, 2016.

Julie Landsman. "Caruso Method." Julie Landsman. Last Modified 2016. Accessed February 1, 2016.
Pilafian, Sam and Patrick Sheridan. The Brass Gym: A Comprehensive Daily Workout for Brass
Players. Mesa, AZ: Focus on Music, 2008.

The Breathing Gym: Exercises to Improve Breath Control and Airflow. Directed by Sam Pilafian and
Patrick Sheridan. Fort Wayne, IN: Focus on Excellence, 2002. DVD.

Presentation by Maddy Tarantelli