The Routine

Routine Development ~ Get Your Vibration to Function!

Your 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 “set” routines each day. Below you will find four distinct sets that cover a gamut of material you need to play and improve each day.

The first three sets include material developed by major horn players and teachers with an added twist that has helped my students with their development of proper mechanics and technique.


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

Low Flow Warmup
Extended Low Flow
Three Note Warmup
Mouthpiece Buzzing

Johnston Technique Routine
(be sure to change the orientation to ‘page’)

Initial Attacks
Single Tongue
Double Tongue – Yancich
Triple Tongue – Yancich
High Horn Flex
Low Tilz
Arpeggiated Intervals
Diminished Arpeggios
Lip Trills v. 1 / Lip Trills v.2
Slur Study

Other Routine Items

Extension Slurs in F
Free Buzzing – Caruso
The Expansion Drill
Initial Attack Triads
Modal Scales
Revised Slurs

Tryon Scales and Arpeggio
Spyder Drill in F
Ti-Re Expansion in F
Rider Double Tonguing in F
Caruso Intervals – 2nd
Long Tones
Triple Tonguing
Audiate and Attack in F