Chapter 5: Fast Fingers

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Sound the Trumpet chapter 5: Fast Fingers

This chapter covers:

  • finger technique,
  • hand positions,
  • changing notes,
  • finger exercises

Terms to Know:

  • dexterity: Skill and ease in using the hands.
  • metronome: Mechanical or electronic device to help keep perfect time. Your best friend if you want precise sense of time.
  • sixteenth notes: Four equally divided notes per beat, foot tap, or metronome click. The count for 16th notes in 4/4 time is 1-e-+-uh, 2-e-+-uh, 3-e-+-uh, 4-e-+-uh. (the + is pronounced “and”)

Related Videos:

  • Check out Scotty Barnhart, solo trumpeter for the Basie Big Band. Fast fingers!
  • Here’s Rafael Mendez’s cute intro and his AMAZING performance of Flight of the Bumblebee.

Chapter Images:

  • Exercise #1

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  • Exercise #2 & #3

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Other Resources:


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