Weekly Tips 12/6/09

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 – To tell a struggling trumpeter that he needs to relax his lips, let alone even mention the word “relaxation” and it immediately causes a direct disconnect between trumpet playing and relaxing! So I thought I would dedicate this first tip to describing what it means to have a “relaxed” approach to playing. Essentially, we have to keep our apertures focussed which requires a certain amount of “set” to our chops. The muscles surrounding our mouths (in our cheeks, etc.) need to offer support. Think of it like this – everything on the outside of the mouthpiece needs to be firm and supported. Everything “within” the mouthpiece (cup) needs to be relaxed enough that we continue to let the flesh vibrate, but focussed enough that we don’t make the aperture expand open (unless we want it to). This allows us to start utilizing air and airspeed to produce higher / lower notes.
When practicing, try to remain focussed on how it feels to play in the manner described above. Again, as stated in the book and in the Chops Rehab course, the whisper soft notes will help you identify this.

Tip #2 – NEVER give up… NEVER NEVER!!! Trumpet playing requires dedication and devotion… that requires the player / student to work through the frustrating times that we ALL experience! It doesn’t matter the age, level, or years that a person has been playing – we ALL have our moments where things just don’t work the way we want it to. If this were that easy – everyone would be great! The only thing keeping us from greatness is our fears and frustrations. Celebrate your small advancements. These small advancements add up over time and get us to where we thought we’d never be.

The older I get, the more I’m learning that the difference between “ignorance” and “arrogance” is the spelling!
Keith Fiala

Have a GREAT week!


Keith Fiala