In the last forty years, researchers have gained enormous insight into the principles governing the physical and mental aspects of high-level artistic performance. Many elite performers in the arts have gleaned valuable lessons and techniques from advances in sport science, psychomotor research, learning theory, and psychology. Yet, these techniques are far from widespread. Numerous "peak performance" books have made these tools and insights available to athletes, yet few such resources exist for performing artists. Professor and performer Frank Gabriel Campos has stepped in to fill this void for trumpet players and other brass and wind instrumentalists, creating a comprehensive guide to performance skill that applies the latest developments in physiology, psychology, learning theory, and psychomotor research to brass technique. Trumpet Technique combines the newest research on skill acquisition and peak performance with the time-honored and proven techniques of master teachers and performers. All aspects of brass technique are discussed in detail including detailed discussions of the breath, embouchure, oral cavity, tongue, jaw, and proper body use, as well as performance psychology, practice techniques, information on musician's injuries, and much more. This accessibly written text addresses the specific causes of common performance problems, the ways to overcome them, and newer approaches for the daily tasks every performer must address. Drawing on the most up-to-date research, Campos also dispels destructive and persistent myths and misconceptions about wind performance. Comprehensive and detailed, Trumpet Technique is an invaluable resource for performers, teachers, and students at all levels seeking to move to the highest level of skill with their instrument.
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