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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The water flows constantly as the arm bounces off the water stream. What I listen for is: Sometimes I just tell students to hold the last note until they run out of air.

Flow Studies Vol. 1 (Cichowicz)

Use this as an easy reminder to not let valves change how we feed air into the trumpet. They may seem easy to play, however, doing them correctly takes lots of practice, but will really develop cichkwicz sound and singing ability on the trumpet. Cichowifz found this a great way to make the staccato illusion happen.

Each exercise adds one beat of sixteenths to the pattern. These simple exercises are known and used trumpe trumpet players all over the world. It was how he related to air flow to articulation that helped me the most in my career.

A good illustration of this is the rain bird sprinkler at a golf course. Then, I would slur two notes and tongue two notes, then slur two, tongue six, etc. The patterns consist of steady running notes.


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

A string of sixteenth trkmpet played with crisp articulation will sound like short notes, but the airflow remains constant.

Often a player will blow into the middle of a note, and then before changing to another, back off of the air, make the change, and then blow into the next note.

Before playing each measure as written, I would play the rhythmic pattern on one repeated note See example. First, I would play them articulating every eight notes, then every four notes, then every two. Do not stop in the middle, and hold the last note long, at least double what is written. I can listen to someone playing these, and really know a lot about where they are in their trumpet development.

Do not let individual notes get bumps, and above all else, never allow any inflection on individual notes. Your airstream should resemble one long arch. This exercise should be practiced single tongued and with a metronome.

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

Also, a much more in depth explanation from a friend and past teacher, Mark Dulin: They were originally cichowizc creation of Vincent Cichowicz, one of the great trumpet players and teachers of the last century. Like so many players would clamp down or negatively compress the air not that all compression is bad, I have come to learn. I would play scale patterns from the Williams scales book.


Classical Trumpet Performance, Teaching. These are good exercises to do in unison with a teacher, or another player, and work on blending your tones and pitch.

Each exercise begins with a half step. He taught me that staccato tonguing clchowicz be an aural illusion. By keeping the air flowing in this manner one can tongue faster and do it for longer stretches.

As you begin to get into higher ranges, make sure to blow fast and thick air over the top of the slur. They are perfect because they start in an easy register and slowly move outward, expanding not only in range but also rtumpet length.