Have you ever wanted to sound like Chet Baker or Chris Botti?

It’s absolutely possible to develop the same tonality by practicing with lyrical exercises.

How To Practice Lyrical Exercises

When playing melodic passages, you should begin with a soft “da” attack on every new note not encompassed within a slurred phrase.

The softer your initial burst of air, the cleaner your sound will come out. Keep in mind that you should still maintain a steady stream of air through your trumpet – in fact, it’s even more important to pay attention to this because a melody is a sustained string of notes as opposed to short bursts of staccatos.

If you need inspiration, listen to Chris Botti for a while. Trust me – it’ll help!