Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Bass Clarinet. Alto Sax. Tenor Sax. Baritone Sax. Bassoon. Trumpet. F Horn. Trombone/Baritone. Learn more about Vincent Cichowicz in the Encyclopedia of Trumpet Players.

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Also, a much more in depth explanation from a friend and past teacher, Mark Dulin: I can listen to someone playing these, and really know a lot about where they are in their trumpet development.

I am sure it was obvious to Cichowicz that on bad days or even good ones I was inhibiting or restricting my cichowizc flow.

These are good exercises to do in unison with a teacher, or another player, and work on blending your tones and pitch. Classical Trumpet Performance, Teaching. Use this as an easy reminder to not let valves change how we feed air into the trumpet. This exercise should be practiced single tongued and with a metronome. They are perfect because they start in an easy register and slowly move outward, expanding not trympet in range but also in length.

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 book.


As you begin to get into higher ranges, make sure to blow fast and thick air over the top of the slur. What I listen for is: They were originally a creation of Vincent Cichowicz, one of the great trumpet players and teachers of rrumpet last century.

Cichowicz Technique, reprinted from the International Trumpet Guild Magazine

Each exercise begins with a half step. Before playing each measure as written, I would play the rhythmic pattern on one repeated note See example. These simple exercises are known and used by trumpet players all over the world.

A good illustration of this is the rain bird sprinkler at a golf course. First, I would play them articulating every eight notes, cicuowicz every four notes, then every two. Your airstream should resemble one long arch.

Often a player will blow into the middle of a tgumpet, and then before changing to another, back off of the air, make the change, and then blow into the next note. The water flows constantly as the arm bounces off the water stream. Sometimes I just tell students to hold the last note until they run out of air.

Do not stop in the middle, and hold the last note long, at least double what is written.


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Like so many players would clamp down or negatively compress the air not that all compression is bad, I have come to learn. Each exercise adds one beat of sixteenths to the pattern. A string of sixteenth notes played with crisp articulation will sound like short notes, but the airflow remains constant.

It was how he related to air flow to articulation that helped me the most in my career. By keeping the air flowing in this manner one can tongue faster and do it for longer stretches.

I found this a great way to make the staccato illusion happen. The patterns consist of steady running notes.

Neal Berntsen | Cichowicz Technique, reprinted from the International Trumpet Guild Magazine

Do not let individual notes get bumps, and above all else, never allow any inflection on individual notes. He taught me that staccato tonguing can be an aural illusion. Then, I would slur two notes and tongue two notes, then slur two, tongue six, etc.