This is a sequel to Robert Getchell's First Book of Practical Studies. Book 2's melodies continue to be more challenging. Another benefit to using these two books is they prove a good framework to focus on improving a technical aspect of trumpet playing that needs improvement.

Here are some tips foR using this book for Articulations and Range.


Let's say you aren't happy with your articulation such as staccato (short attacks) tonguing. You can ignore the written articulations on the melodies and play a group of them with an emphasis on playing staccato. Excellent trumpet teachers do this all the time, by recommending the trumpet student play the music different than it is written so the player can further develop an aspect of their playing. Repetition by doing an action correctly on a daily basis over time is the key to achieving success.

You don't have to be limited to practicing staccato articulations. You might need work on slurs, and you could apply the same approach here to slurring a group of the melodies regardless of how the music is written.


One of the best ways to work on improving your range is to take melodies you know very well in this book and transpose them up a half-step. Once you get comfortable with the higher key, continue to transpose it up another half-step, remembering to give yourself plenty of rest in-between. This is a way to get more comfortable playing in a higher range. An analogy would be of the weight-lifter who adds small amounts of weight to their work-out routines over time to be able to lift more weight.