The term plyometric refers to exercises that involve the rapid stretching and contracting of muscles to increase muscle power. Therefore, Advanced Lip Plyometrics are preparatory studies and artistic etudes that engage the playerâ€™s embouchure through fast and powerful drill and melodic sequences.
The author based Advanced Lip Plyometrics on the works of William A. Thiecke and Pasquale Bona. From Thieckeâ€™s melodic approach to drill writing, the author designed the first part of the bookâ€”which contains a developmental and conditioning sequence that targets the fundamentals necessary to perform the second part of the book, the 40 Artistic Etudes. Some of the fundamentals included in the first section are: the mastering of long tones; flexibility; dynamic control; and the ability to play over a two-octave range with an open and resonant sound.
The author used some of the themes composed by Bona to write the Artistic Etudes in the second part of the book. The Artistic Etudes focus on the artistic challenges (e.g., the creation of a distortion-free sound over a two-octave range; the extensive use of dynamics and articulation; and the interpretation of performance styles) prevalent in the standard orchestral and solo brass repertoire.
In sum, the authorâ€™s goal is to provide a developmental and conditioning sequence in the first part of the bookâ€”i.e., studies 1 through 55â€”to prepare players to perform the 40 Artistic Etudes that follow. The author advises players to build the stamina necessary to perform the longer etudesâ€”i.e., numbers 31-40â€”over time as the focus range of Advanced Lip Plyometrics is between the â€œGâ€ and the â€œDâ€ above the treble clef staff. As a way of reiterating some of the guidelines for effective practicing, the author includedâ€”from pages 46 to 55â€”a re-print of the appendix titled Practicing from his book Lasting Change for Trumpeters: The Pedagogical Approach of Arnold Jacobs.