Weekly Tips 1/31/2010

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to the Weekly Tips!

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Here are your weekly Tips!

Tip #1 – Practice in a mirror!  Many times, we don’t “feel” developing problems coming on until we are suffering in the endurance or the range categories!  What we may not feel, we may be able to see in a mirror.  I am a big proponent of NOT allowing the aperture to move a great deal… and once this habit develops, there is a great chance that movement will be visible in the supporting muscles around your mouth as well.  Not only does this cause fatigue, but it can cause dips in tuning when moving through intervalic leaps as well as accuracy problems.

Tip #2 – Listen with an open mind!  Simply put, listen to everyone playing your style of music that you can, no matter the instrument.  When you practice, listen to your sound objectively and find the things that you like about what you’re playing, as well as the things that can be more on point with what you’re trying to sound like.  Composers, improvisationalists, soloists, lead trumpet players, etc. all have a certain style and / or sound.  By taking little bits from different players, we can then start to develop our own identity.  Most importantly – record yourself often!

If you have a tip that has helped you out and would like to share it, please send it to Keith at bugsytrumpet@gmail.com!  Helpful, constructive tips are always welcomed!

“It’s not what you do once in a while; it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.”

Jenny Craig
Diet Specialist

Have a GREAT week!