Weekly Tips 12/13/09

The Shadow

Welcome To Weekly Tips –

Just a reminder, as a special thank you to our friends that have purchased “Secrets to Efficient Brass Playing” we are offering a reduced rate on webcam online lessons. So an $80 hour long lesson will be reduced down to $50… a $45, 30 minute lesson will be reduced to $25… again, this is our way of saying “thank you” for buying my book and to help further support you on your journey! If you’re interested in a lesson, please respond to this weekly tip and we can arrange a time!

Our new website Trumpet Resources is now up and running! Come one, come all! The first course (Chops Rehab) is available… it’s a 4 week video course designed to help you understand how the chops work, ways to improve range, control, tone, and endurance! There are so many benefits – you’ll be amazed!

I also put up my own personal website Keith Fiala.com – here you can watch video and listen to audio tracks that I’ve played on… including recordings with Bill Watrous, Gordon Goodwin, and Guitar star Lance Keltner (Rod Stewart).

Please also keep in mind that we always offer a 25% commission on book sales that come from a referral. Just have the person purchasing the book put your name in the “where did you hear about us” section and we’ll in turn put 25% of the sale back in YOUR Pay Pal account.

If you have any “tips” that you’d like to offer for our weekly tips that seem to work well for you or things that seem to cause you more struggle, please submit them to bugsytrumpet@gmail.com.

Here are your weekly tips –

Tip #1 – If you’ve been following the weekly tips for a while, you know that I am not a big believer in “natural ability.”  I have been “watching” certain patterns that I’ve basically memorized or turned into a habit – for example, I used a single stall restroom the other day, and as I was finishing up, someone else wanting to use it knocked on the door.  This indicated to me that someone else would be going in right behind me – yet, when I was walking out, I instinctually turned off the light and closed the door…

The point behind this is not to say that I was rude, but that’s what I had memorized and that’s what I did automatically.  Trumpet playing (really anything) is no different!  One of the biggest things to keep in mind is that when you practice, you’re setting habits that you will turn to instinctively… so if your instinct is to “pinch” when going to a higher range note, that’s what you’ll do automatically.  Practice with care!

Tips #2 – Practice without playing!  If you’re not in the “habit” of practicing things without your horn, it’s a great way to save your chops, incorporate more brain work, and improve at the same time!  For instance – time / rhythm… I make my young students say out loud (while fingering the notes) the rhythm to a new song.  Example – 1, 2&, 3, 4 | 1&, 2& 3, 4 | etc.  This helps to build (very quickly) an inner subdividing clock that I believe all musicians should continually work on!  So if you’re teaching students, or wanting to improve your time – this is a great tool… and won’t tax your chops!

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

Jim Rohn
1930-2009, Author and Speaker

Have a GREAT week!