As every trumpet player knows, playing an extended solo often results in playing the trumpet less correctly as the solo goes on. To improvise effectively, the physical act of playing needs to be conditioned reflex. Freedom of expression is only possible when the physical demands of playing are under control. To this end, FLEXUS asks the student to momentarily put aside the study of music itself and instead practice the musical movements involved in playing the instrument. Revised Edition.
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Laurie Frink, an accomplished trumpeter who became a brass instructor of widespread influence and high regard, died on Saturday at her home in Manhattan. She was The cause was cancer of the bile duct, said the classical violist Lois Martin, her partner of 25 years. Frink built her trumpet career as a section player, starting when few women were accepted in those ranks.
Frink some 40 years ago, said in an interview. Frink and Mr. Frink when he ran into embouchure problems in the early s. Meeting with her, Mr. A warm but private person with a sharp wit, Ms. Frink earned the protective loyalty of her students.
Some of the brass players she counseled — trombonists and others as well as trumpeters — were, like Mr. Douglas and Mr. McNeil, working professionals seeking to discreetly avert career-ending difficulties. But as a faculty member at several leading jazz conservatories, she also mentored many trumpeters at a more formative stage, including Ambrose Akinmusire and Nadje Noordhuis, who have since gained prominence in jazz circles. Frink said in They call me trumpet mother. Laurie Ann Frink was born on Aug.
Her father was a candy salesman. In addition to Ms. Martin, she is survived by her brother, James. After moving to New York in her early 20s, she met Carmine Caruso, a brass guru who devised an adaptable set of calisthenic exercises for trumpet.
Frink became Mr. He died in Her own style of instruction was an extension of the Caruso method. Frink never stopped playing at a high level. Schneider said. Her recorded work will endure, but for many of her former students her instruction is her chief legacy. Douglas said. He said he practiced a routine of hers on Sunday morning after hearing the news of her death.
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Flexus: Trumpet Calesthenics for the Modern Improvisor