Hello, I'm Hannah!
French Horn, Music, Freelance Musician, Australian
You are very welcome! That’s so exciting! All the very best with your musical development and playing.
Hey there! Thank you so much, it means a lot.
If you are aiming to improve your endurance, the best way to approach it is to set yourself some all encompassing practice material, this includes a good warm up piece, studies and your chosen repertoire. You also need to find appropriate times to do these sessions where you will be uninterrupted.
A good warm up can be its own 40-60 minute endurance development session if you really focus on it. The warm up I like to use is the Hermann Baumann daily routine. It covers most of the bases (tonguing, slurring, attacks, range development, dynamics, wide interval jumps. Pretty much the lot) I would suggest doing each exercise in all keys. After doing this for a whole session, you will feel sore, but awesome!
The second session (45-80 mins) should be dedicated to specific studies and technical work. Pick something that you really want to develop on. If you are looking for endurance for high register playing, choose a study which focuses on that, same with low register. If you are just looking to extend your playing time overall, pick a study that encompasses a wide range, long sections of uninterrupted playing and focused phrasing. Something like Concone lyrical studies would be appropriate, also some of the Galley and Kopprasch studies will be of service. After this session, you should feel pretty well worked. Leave your next session in the day an hour or two after this.
The last practice session in the day (45-80) is where your endurance will be tested. After just completing around 2 hrs of focused and disciplined practice (The focus and disciplined part is so important!) You should be in a really good place to do some repertoire work. Doing your repertoire last will mean that you will be working harder to make a nicer sound and get through all the phrases. Try to approach the pieces with the same musical dedication you would use when you are fresh. Pick out the parts of the piece that are the most challenging to you and use this as an opportunity to build your stamina. Use a repetition method to solidify a hard phrase. This will give you endurance and musical stability in this section. If you can get through your repertoire beautifully when you are tired, you are going to have a good time come the performance.
Notice that I have put short practice times in as a recommendation. I find doing a 45-60 minute fully focused practice session does much more for your playing then sitting in a practice room unfocused for hours on end. There is a limit to how long a person can fully focus on a task efficiently. Find your personal limit and set the bar there. Once you know that time, you can set the amount of work that needs to be achieved and just go for it.
you can always add more time in to your practice sessions. If you want to do a longer amount of time, have a 15 minute break in between large practice sessions to refresh yourself. Just remember, quality, not quantity will work best in your favour.
I really hope this has been helpful and answered your question. I’ve attached the Hermann Baumann daily routine to get you on your way. (no. 8 and 9 are my personal favourites). Let me know how you go!
Baritone: obiwankabrodie.tumblr.com, existentialgentleman my-psychological-tower urforeveryoung thelifeofabandgeek, totheready prbuick11 evanbenjamin whathappensonthebus nomnombutteredtoast tripletgrace
trumpet: that-trumpet-guy, asecond-madworld, heroofthemachine, how-you-survived-the-war(I'M COUNTING THIS, OK) thebrasslung, dcifreak, Invertedtriad, Thatkidnamedkylon, malumdiscordiae, http://a-band-freak.tumblr.com/ thatoddtrumpetgirl
trombone: http://dancerdanna.tumblr.com/ my-psychological-tower thebrasslung, invertedtriad, totheready, wordsofabandgeek, that-trombone
tenor sax: shaigirl-1/a-high-school-freshies-band-blog ,everythingdci
pit: InfinityCords, mklarimba, butteredjames kristinsgotgoodvibes britfree, emerysthoughts, marchingbandmaniac, wintersline
flute/pic: how-you-survived-the-war, invertedtriad, pawrina, totheready, givemetrills, oboe-fide, catalyst97/marching-band-plot-twist (I guess oboe can go here?)
alto sax: yougottastaystrong.tumblr.com, invertedtriad, pawrina, oboe-fide, amarchingband.tumblr.com, everythingdci
horn/mellophone: Hannahthehornist, Jessicalovesdci, asecond-madworld, heroofthemachine, invertedtriad, malumdiscordiae, dcidiva, breathe-there, paranoid-android92, Dciglory, vivid-melodies, tripletgrace, aerophonophiliac/fuckyeahbandbuffalo, http://a-band-freak.tumblr.com/
guard: http://thegirlwhowantedtofly.tumblr.com, invertedtriad, breathe-here, youmaytakethefloorincompetition, optimisticrealist, lindsey-allison
drumline: invertedtriad, minorvinyl, liblyx, nooneevenlooksup, bassive, tenortremourz, omgitsminty, addickking, wordsofabandgeek, catalyst97/marching-band-plot-twist
tuba: my-psychological-tower thebrasslung
clarinet: edifying.tumblr.com, mklarimba, thelifeofabandgeek, breathe-here, lilio, tripletgrace, oboe-fide, urkraft, thekeyofbflatclarinet, batmansg0tswag,
bari sax: urkraft
bass clarinet: breathe-here, lilio, thekeyofbflatclarinet
drum major: slightlyspasticbassoonist.tumblr.com, yougottastaystrong.tumblr.com, totheready, breathe-here (I got around a lot okay), amarchingband.tumblr.com