Many trumpet players struggle with chop problems. It’s demoralizing when you know you are a great trumpet player, but your limitations in endurance and range exclude you from crucial opportunities. The question is, how do you develop range and endurance without putting all your eggs in the high note basket? Most great trumpet players with limited chops deplore the idea of practicing high note methods! They want to be able to grow their range and endurance in a way that will not sacrifice their current strengths. Even better, what about a practice routine that will give them a better range but also improve their other strengths as well?
There are dozens of practice routines available to the modern trumpet player with new ones being added at a dizzying rate. Some of us already know what works for our specific needs while others seem to be swimming aimlessly through a sea of exercises and confusing information. Amid so many options, the Trumpet Chops series stands out as being not only physically but also musically beneficial.
Yes, Trumpet Chops Pro will help you with your range and endurance. But Trumpet Chops Pro is so much more than a strength, range or endurance builder. We believe that all physical work should be done for musical reasons. This routine is designed to help you become a better musician, not a screamer. All the exercises work toward a musical objective, not by pushing you beyond your limitations (as some think you should), but by enhancing and expanding your abilities from within their musical foundations. The concept is to grow your musicianship to meet your physical needs. When you build your strength this way, the results are always stylistically relevant and musical. Most trumpet practice routines cannot make this claim.
Eddie Lewis and his wife, Pearl, have teamed up on a collaborative project. Together they designed a coloring book to color while listening to Eddie’s Unadorned Trumpet Carols album. The coloring book contains illustrations representing scenes from the Christmas story along with scripture references, quotes from carols, and a list of carols which are relevant to that particular scene.
At Tiger Music, we sell two different combos which include this coloring book and the CD. One is just the book and CD together, and the other has the book, CD, color pencils and Christmas cards for you to color and share with family or friends. The gift packs make a wonder Christmas present.
Eddie Lewis has been composing unaccompanied trumpet solos since the early 90’s. The Calling brings most of them into one collection in book form. There are thirty-four solos in the collection that can be used as performance works or as etudes for your trumpet lessons. The styles of the pieces range from traditional classical to very modern. There are even a number of swing pieces to change it up a bit.
Mr. Lewis warns that this is not a lip slur method. Trumpet Switchbacks is a comprehensive compendium of his entire lip slur idea. He invented these lip slurs in the late 80’s but never published them in their entirety, until now. To use the book, simply choose the lip slurs that most appropriately fit your needs.
Trumpet Switchbacks includes 108 melodic lip slur exercises ranging in skill level from absolute beginner to virtuoso. When Mr. Lewis first invented his original lip slurs, his colleagues scoffed and said, “You can’t write new lip slurs! Every good lip slur has already been written.” Then he showed them the exercises that later became Trumpet Switchbacks and they said, “Oh!”.
In the late 80’s, Eddie Lewis designed a physical approach to practicing trumpet that serves as the basis for his warmup routines. Chops Express is the second book of those routines published so far. It contains routines for seven different levels of trumpet player, ranging from absolute beginner to virtuoso.
The main difference between this book and his more popular Daily Routines book is that the routines in Chops Express can be completed in under fifteen minutes. In terms of musical and physical benefit, the two books function the same way.
Chops Express also includes certain tweaks Eddie developed as a result of using the Daily Routines with his students over the years. While Daily Routines continues to work great for trumpet players all over the world, the exercises in Chops Express are just a little bit better.
“After a couple of very busy months in which my practice time dipped to just about nil, I decided to try Eddie’s Chops Express to get myself in shape for an upcoming gig. I started the month in just about the poorest playing shape I’d been in for quite a while. For about 3 weeks, knowing that my work schedule was still going to be quite busy, I used Chops Express almost exclusively (only about 10 – 15 minutes a day). The final week before the gig, I added about 10 minutes of Clarke studies after doing the Chops Express sessions. I’m very pleased to report that I felt very good at my gig. I was quite pleased with my tone and overall playing despite having had only very limited practice time. Eddie knows what he’s talking about! Chops Express works!” Kenneth Baird – Oklahoma
“I’m just writing a brief note about Mr Lewis’s Chops Express and other literature, I have used it over a number of years.
What I want to emphasize in this post is my experience in the past month. I went through a tough illness during the past 3 years, but by His grace I came off all the heavy meds exactly a month ago today.
Now that you have the background to this note let me share my experiences.
I was weak after almost 3 years of chemotherapy treatments and was struggling with my chops.
I decided to practice what I preach and took Chops Express at face value. I followed the instructions to the T, followed the suggested daily schedule and the results I have received have been absolutely amazing.
All through the last month, I have been getting more and more excited about my trumpet, my strength has dramatically increased, tone production, emissions, I have found the notes slotting better than ever. I have also seen a huge improvement in my endurance and range on both ends, pedals to high register during the past month.
To cut a long story short Mr Lewis’s Chops Express has given me a new lease on my trumpet playing life.
I’ve also had tremendous fun playing and practicing much of his other music.
“This book is a must have for all serious trumpet players from the beginner to the virtuoso artist!” Ole Utnes – Norway
All-State Prep for Trumpet
The concept for All-State Prep for Trumpet is to give ambitious high school students everything they need to work on from the time they finish solo and ensemble contest until the following year’s all-state music is announced. The idea is to master certain skills before you even see the music, that way you get ahead of the music.
If you want the All-State music to be easier and take less time to practice, and if you want to be more competitive, then All-State Prep has just about everything you need. The first half of the book includes short etudes that focus on very specific skills. The second half of the book contains 240 scale exercises, 20 in each key.
Eddie Lewis wrote the Total Tonalization book to entice his students into practicing their scales. He presented it as a competition to all of his high school students. The first one to pass off all 240 exercises in their lessons was the winner.
It worked! His students learned their scales that year and Total Tonalization is one of the best ways to do that. Regular scales are nothing more than a skeleton of the key. Total Tonalization utilizes the basic building blocks in music in a way that greatly increases the students’ familiarity with the key.
101 Original Duets for Trumpet
Like many of Mr. Lewis’ books, Celebrations covers every skill level on the trumpet. The first duets in the book are easy enough for most beginners. The duets at the end of the book are difficult enough to give the most seasoned professionals a run for their money.
Duets are not only a very important part of your studies as a trumpet player, but they are also fun. Many teachers like to use duet books to practice sight reading with their students. Celebrations is the perfect sight reading tool because of its progressive setup.
“I have used Celebrations (duet book) in my private teaching since I first received the book, and have to say that the wide range of styles as well was the wide range of difficulty in the duets makes it a perfect addition to any teacher’s library. The students who have played the duets with me have enjoyed them, as have their parents who heard them through the closed door of my studio. It’s a great book at a great price and will provide a lot of great music-making.” David Bailey – New Hampshire
“Your duets have been a great addition to my teaching. I like to do some sight-reading at each students’ lesson, and in your book there is so much variety and range of styles. Some duets are very simple, which can be deceptively challenging, and others have intervallic and rhythmic demands that are quite ambitious. I also appreciate the ‘swing’ duets, of which there are a number: gone are the days when any trumpeter can ignore being able to play well in this manner. Congratulations on such a fine book, and I’m grateful for your contribution to our quest of becoming better musicians and trumpeters.” Chris Gekker – University of Maryland
“I own a copy of Eddie Lewis’s Celebrations (duets for trumpets). I use it to practice sight reading, in preparation for hard reading gigs, such as Broadway shows, or Salsa shows. Eddie Lewis covers a wide range of styles, key signatures, time signatures, with easier material in the beginning and a slow progression to moderate difficulty, and then things get challenging. Eddie Lewis has incorporated in these duets a tricky use of multiple accidentals, and other brain twisters. I highly recommend this book for reading development, technique, and added endurance. A wealth of material! I am ready for a new book, is there a new release?” Lonny Lalanne – Houston
“Just received the books. What a wonderful, cheerful, joyous book “Celebrations” is! I intend to ‘beat my students up’ with it. It has something for everyone, from beginner to professional. It’s a playing encyclopedia, pure and simple.” Dick Schaffer – Houston Symphony Orchestra
“Dear Mr. Lewis, These are great duets. Some more challenging than others, but they are all unique.
But I have a question. What were you smokin’ when you wrote this stuff?” Kenneth G. Wilk
For Linear Diatonic Improvisation
Twelve Tunes is a jazz play-along for advanced musicians who just happen to be beginning improvisers. The way Eddie Lewis teaches jazz, the firs step is to start improvising immediately. Yes, he teaches all the same theory and skills that other teachers teach, but in Eddie’s lessons, those things are not prerequisites.
Twelve Tunes is a way for skilled musicians to jump into the proverbial improvisation pool and get started now. Each tune is composed in a way that allows the improviser to explore the key instead of the chords. It is a horizontal approach as opposed to a vertical one. Horizontal improvisation is easier. That’s why he uses it as the first step.
Trane for Trumpet
While Trane for Trumpet is not one of Eddie Lewis’ best selling books, for trumpet players wanting to learn how to improvise on John Coltrane’s tune, Giant Steps, there is no other source to match it. For improvisers it is an advanced book because Giant Steps is a very advanced tune to improvise on. However, Trane for Trumpet also works very well as a stand along technique book for those who don’t wish to learn how to improvise.
Trane for Trumpet is a book of over seventy exercises and jazz etudes setup in a progressive order, gradually moving from symmetric exercises to melodic etudes.
Twenty Studies for Trumpet
Twenty Studies is a book of Eddie Lewis’ first etudes. It was quite popular online when he first published it, but hasn’t seen the kinds of success it did twenty years ago.
Twenty Studies started off as a way for Lewis to practice certain aspects of some of the orchestral excerpts. As a student, he was having difficulty with certain aspects of the excerpts. As a way to deal with those aspects, he composed etudes that were based on the original excerpts, but where that one troublesome aspect was emphasized. For example, on the Petrushka excerpt he was struggling with breathing, so he wrote an etude that offers no place to breathe. This helped him become more comfortable with the breathing on the original excerpt.
Go With the Flow
Go With the Flow is a book of original flow study etudes. Flow studies are etudes or exercises that move primarily in step-wise motion. They are typically slurred.
A good way to describe flow studies is to say that they are “moving long tones”. In respects to air, embouchure and most other physical aspects of trumpet playing, we play them the same way we would play long tones. But while the air is moving like a long tone, our fingers are changing notes.
The etudes on Go With the Flow are designed to be used with Daily Routines and Chops Express. There are three etudes for each of the seven levels in those two books.
Daily Routines is our best selling book! It has seven separate routines designed for seven different skill levels of trumpet player. The first level, titled “Group One” in the book, is easy enough for absolute beginners, with a range up to C in the staff. The seventh level, titled “Group Seven” in the book, is difficult enough to meet the needs of most professional trumpet players.
The routines in the Daily Routines book are each based on the structure of Eddie Lewis’ first book titled The Physical Trumpet Pyramid. That structure dictates which order the exercises are supposed to be done in each day. There are other benefits built into the method as well, but that is the most important.
Ned Eldredge “Eddie Lewis is one of Gabriel’s children! This book [Daily Routines] should be available everywhere.”
“I got hold of your Trumpet Pyramid Book many years ago and then the Daily Routine book. I preferred to organize other books using your Ideology and I must say, I have done nothing but progress ever since. The main reason for my practicing this way was It was actually doable. It was easy to incorporate practicing this way so I could also have a wife, family and a life. Before I would organize my practice schedule with the same materials and progressive style but would practice in full the routine every day and would barely make any strength or range gains, although my technic was amazing.
For a long time I was a believer in Claude Gordon that the only way to succeed was to practice every day for many hours. Even Doc’s comment when he was young about taking a day off – he would know, taking two days off – the band would know, taking three days off – everybody would know. Well I found out the hard way, this ain’t true. Hard work does not always mean success. Smart work will be more successful.
Sorry for the long post but really I do agree with you with your Ideology and practice methods. They work for me and all I have taught since discovering this. So, in essence, Thank You!!!”
Russ Nester “I purchased your “Daily Routines” and the companion “Trumpet Pyramid” books from you a few years ago, along with the amazing TBBB recording. As a personal testimonial, they have “changed my life”, at least my trumpet-playing life. What used to be my “best” days are now my normal, and I no longer struggle for days following a tough gig or after a layoff period. Overall, I am a better and more consistent player. Thank you!! I have subsequently assisted a handful of other players by introducing them to “The Eddie Lewis Method”, as they all fondly call it. I am a part-time professional, and do not profess to be a teacher. With the assistance of your books, however, I have helped them on their journeys to better playing skills, endurance, and range. All were struggling with range, endurance, sound, and inconsistent abilities, some for their entire musical lives. The oldest is in his mid-70’s. All have improved without additional playing or practice time beyond what they had done for many years. Some have improved dramatically well beyond what they had long considered their level.”
Richard Schaffer – (Houston Symphony Orchestra – retired)
“I must tell you that your Daily Studies book has been a part of my daily routine since its earliest publication. Its simplicity of construction and excellent sequential organization has been integral in helping me maintain my professional playing standards for years. I truly believe it is one of the tools which has lengthened my career. It is especially useful now, when I am recovering from a lip injury. Working in it is gradually restoring my strength and embouchure feel sooner than I would have expected, thus giving me faith that things will soon be right again. My students have also shown marked improvement while using it. Keep the great books like this one coming! Best of luck on your other projects.”
The Physical Trumpet Pyramid
The Physical Trumpet Pyramid is Eddie Lewis’ first book. The concept was designed in the mid 1980’s and the first version of the book was published just a few years later.
We often refer to The Physical Trumpet Pyramid as the teacher’s manual. It is not necessary to have and/or read The Physical Trumpet Pyramid before you can benefit from the Daily Routines or Chops Express books. Both of those books work whether you understand why or not. But if you want to understand the concepts and stories behind the success of the Daily Routines and Chops Express, then you will want to read The Physical Trumpet Pyramid.
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