Eugene Blee's Flexibility Exercises



  • Dr. Go posted the following exercises but they were not so clear. I have redone them for anyone who wants to download them. And, frankly, I need the practice getting back into processes like this. Well, they actually go in this order: Post 2, Post 3, Post 1.

    Eugene Blee's Flexibility Exercises (Warm-ups):
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  • Kehaulani - Thanks so much. These look great!



  • Wow ... those look familiar. I never took lessons with EB, but did for 6 years with CSO section mate Michael Denovchek.
    I particularly like the measures of rest ....



  • @Shepherds_Crook said in Eugene Blee's Flexibility Exercises:

    Wow ... those look familiar. I never took lessons with EB, but did for 6 years with CSO section mate Michael Denovchek.
    I particularly like the measures of rest ....

    Eugene taught a lot of musicians with the CSO including Marie Speziale. Perhaps he too was a Eugene Blee student and used his warm ups as well. They work amazingly well with little time and effort at preparing a trumpeter for the performance that lies ahead.



  • @Dr-GO Eugene and Michael Denovcheck were at Cincy together. Mr D played with the CSO for 38 years until his passing in 1979. So he started there prior to EB. I wouldn’t be surprised they used similar drills, as I believe both also spent time at CCM. The question really is, who designed those drills?!! 🤔



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  • Franklin, you can use whatever works for you. But some exercises have certain intervals or patterns that challenge you in differing things. Bai Lin slurs have a different goal for your chops than Laurie Frinks.

    If these aren't written down chances are you won't know about them. Unless, of course, somebody plays them for you to copy. Which doesn't happen often and also keeps that idea from wide exposure.



  • @FranklinD said in Eugene Blee's Flexibility Exercises:

    ...do you really need written notes for this? Or do you have problems with the very unusual and adventurous harmonic progression?

    Only the first time you use them. Then they are fairly rote and committed to memory as they are maintained fingered patterns. No fancy change in harmonic progressions. They are what they are intended, just to get the blood flowing and muscular dexterity initiated to the lips.


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