Weekly Tips 3/29/10

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Tips!

If you’re looking to improve your range, endurance, tone, control, and over all ease of playing the sometimes brutal instrument known as “trumpet,” check out Chops Rehab Course.

For those of you that are finally ready to dive head first into improvisation, check out Sparky Thomason’s Beginning Jazz Improv Course.  Sparky walks you through step by step on the best way to ease into improvisation and start playing freely.

Here are your weekly tips!

Tip #1 – With the change of season upon us and warmer weather on the way, it’s important to remember that as trumpet players we are a lot like athlete’s.  It’s important to not only stay in shape, but to also stay healthy.  Hydration is an important factor… as well as guarding your lips from the sun and wind as well.  If your lips get dry, there’s a greater chance that you will have difficulty getting a clean buzz going.  This may seem like a small item, but it amazes me as to how many players and students I come across that overlooked this one little aspect and have “bad days.”

Tip #2 – If you’ve been following the weekly tips for some time, you’ll notice that I talk a lot about a small aperture… the more focussed you can keep your aperture, the more control you’ll have over sound quality, range, endurance, and flexibility.  But to go along with that, we have to find the balance that is necessary for each component.  Over blowing your air tends to wear things out and cause problems as well.  So just preaching to push more air is very one sided… Once you’ve achieved the balance between small aperture and air speed, you’ll notice that all aspects of playing become more relaxed – simple but not easy.  Especially if you have habits of over-doing to break!

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put it into action.”

Napoleon Hill
1883-1970, Author

Have a GREAT week!