The Routine

Routine Development ~ Get Your Vibration to Function!

Each daily routine should take no more than 25 to 30 minutes and may or may not include any warmup material. For those of you serious about taking the horn to the professional level, you will need to include three routines each day – often called, SETS. Below you will find four distinct sets that cover a gamut of material you need to play and improve upon each and EVERY day.

The first routine set is your warmup. The following three sets include material developed by myself and/or other major horn players and teachers.

Most of these exercises are presented using the online notation platform, – this platform is versatile and easy to use. When using it, be sure to change the orientation to ‘page’ in order to provide easiest access.

The warmup set needs to be short, efficient, and nimble.

Warming up

Technique. The thorough execution of a specific task necessary for the proficiency and efficiency of a larger achievement.


The use of a drone is paramount to the success of any musician. Technology today allows the current generation of musicians access to a multitude of intonation-based programs and devices. Some are available with a simple voice command.

The Drone Center

Spyder Drill in F
Ti-Re Expansion in F
Rider Double Tonguing in F
Audiate and Attack in F
The Expansion Drill
Modal Scales in F
Modal Scales in B
Long Tones

Other Routine Items

Initial Attack Triads
Revised Slurs
The Noodle
Tryon Scales and Arpeggios
Basic Modal Scales
Caruso Intervals – 2nd
Triple Tonguing

Other Routines

HCC3 Guided Warmup
Kavalovski Daily Dues
Jeff Nelsen Long Tunes
Jeff Nelsen 25-Minute Routine #1