Being able to pitch notes accurately is one of the essential requisites of playing a brass or woodwind instrument well. An excellent exercise to develop pitching accuracy, very similar to the one below, was given to me while studying at the Royal College of Music. Although it is for trumpet it can easily be adapted for other brass or woodwind instruments.
Pitching a note on the trumpet requires three stages: breath in, position the lips, blow out to get the note. However, for the best result it’s probably best to think of these three stages as just one, smooth, automatic action.
Guidance on playing this exercise
- For maximum benefit, play this exercise every day.
- Each note should sound clear, open, and round.
- Alternate the dynamics as marked.
- Take the mouthpiece off the lips between notes.
- Make a note of the number of cracks in the box at the bottom of the sheet.
I take no credit for the idea behind this exercise; however, the specific content is original and subject to copyright. You can download the exercise in PDF file formate (13 KB) and print a copy for your own use.