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cool.gif posted on 7/17/02 at 08:09 PM
Jerry Franks Method Forum


Welcome to the Jerry Franks Forum here at TPO.

I am glad to moderate this forum about Jerry and his teachings.

Jerry was an amazing man, teacher, and Christian. Many of his teaching methods were so effective that many teachers and students deamed them as radical. But for students of Jerry's or players that completely understood his methodology, Jerry's methods were all about common sense and getting down to the basics first.....not really too radical.....only SO basic that many players and teachers found them unusual especially in the world of trumpet pedagogy.

Despite his success and reputation as a great player and teacher, Jerry is still somewhat unknown among trumpet players. Hopefully, this forum will help bring some of his teaching methods to players that were not fortunate enough to study with him before his untimely death.

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cool.gif posted on 7/17/02 at 08:10 PM
The Method.........


The Jerry Franks method was focused on building specific trumpet skills one at a time. Developing these into a reflex by understanding HOW each skill worked and thus understanding HOW to practice each skill in order to get the most out of your efforts.

Each skill was to be practiced and developed into a reflex via very steady repetitions.

Once each skill was developed into a reflex state, you would just let the goal guide your mechanics. If the mechanics failed....back to the practice room to make SURE that each skill was ACTUALLY a reflex....or something that you would NOT have to think about or dwell on during a performance.

These skills involved all aspects of trumpet playing.....he taught his "14 skills"....these began with sound and ended with music.....including fingers, articulation, flexibility, sight reading, vibrato, and range......

So.....that is a start....but with so much to say about his methods....hopefully we can get some specific questions about specific skills.

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smile.gif posted on 12/20/02 at 12:28 AM


Hiya Mark!

..are there any recordings of Mr.Franks available?

...was he a big/main influence on your goodself?

...could you kindly list the 14 disciplines...or have I missed that somewhere else?

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[*] posted on 11/30/03 at 02:24 AM


I've been interested in those 14 disciplines as well. Any chance you could enlighten us?



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[*] posted on 11/30/03 at 12:55 PM
Jerry's Method


Jerry was my "main" teacher and primary influence in all things trumpet.

He was also someone that I like to think of as my mentor, and friend.

Jerry was a Christian educator and only taught at Christian schools/universities. As a Christian example in music, trumpet teaching, and life in general ...Jerry was a GREAT influence on my life and my trumpet playing and teaching.

As for his "14 skills" ...hmmmm ....very few of his students ever made it all the way through all of them and I have never put together a definitive list of all of them ...this also includes many discussions with other students of Jerry's ....nobody really has a complete list.

The best as I can come up with is that the list was definately NOT etched in stone...somewhat flexible and customized for each student.

All in all he DID start all his students out with sound, flexibilities, fingers, and single tonguing. From there the list could branch out to include range, sight reading, triple tonguing, double tonguing, orchestral articulation, vibrato, etc. ...ending up with music as the ultimate goal of developing any and all of these skills.

As Jerry would say .."there are many, many skills ...all of which HAVE to be developed into reflexes in order to play the music well."




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[*] posted on 11/30/03 at 05:36 PM



As for his "14 skills"

1) sound
2) flexibilities
3) fingers
4) single tonguing
5) range
6) sight reading
7) triple tonguing
8) double tonguing
9) orchestral articulation
10) vibrato

Could we consider:

11) Intervals
12) Transposition
13) Improvisation
14) Breathing
15) Initial Attack
16) Intonation
17) Phrasing (all styles, orchestral to jazz)
18) Playing great time, pulse, subdivision
19) Enduance
20) Proficiency with fluegelhorn, small trumpets, C trumpet etc.
21) Accuracy


This list can be very extensive, endless perhaps. It does make you think about your daily routine, and all the areas a player needs to cover.

Thanks for your reply Mark. Maybe this can spark an interesting discussion based on Jerry's teaching.






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[*] posted on 2/5/06 at 10:54 PM


I'm glad some of this survived! I think the list could help many, many players!



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[*] posted on 12/1/06 at 10:07 AM


Acording to Toni Morrison's book, Trumpet of Clay- The Jerry Franks Story, Jerry's fourteen skills are:

Warm Up
Air
Sound
Flexibility
Fingers
Single Tongue
Triple Tongue
Double Tongue
Low Note Pivot
High Range
Vibrato
Stylistic Sound and Attacks
Transposition
Sight Reading




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[*] posted on 5/21/09 at 04:52 PM


Ahhhh.....

Thanks for that....

Makes me feel stupid for not KNOWING them outright...:)

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