Weekly Tips 4/25/10

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Tips!

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Here are your weekly tips!

Tip #1 – How much playing do you get in each day?

Are there days that slide by without practicing?  Life does get in the way sometimes and really can put a damper on a practice routine if you’re not doing this professionally (or in school).  This can tend to be a problem when you don’t have a band that plays steadily.  If you’re not performing with a group, I suggest to start setting goals to actually get out, find a group and start performing!  This more than anything can actually create a sense of urgency – thus the horn spends less time in the case or on the stand.

Tip #2 – As I’m writing this, I’m seeing a commercial on TV about credit card debt… it reminds me that we are in the age (and have been for a long while) of instant gratification… I want it now and I’ll pay for it later (or a little at a time).  Unfortunately with music and trumpet playing – instant gratification has to give way to time and process.  I am no different – I get EXTREMELY impatient with myself and my “process” when it comes to my playing.  “I studied my scales, why can’t I play like Clifford Brown?”  But as I get more involved with my car habit (hobby) I am forced to see the comparison between working on a tangible project that you can visually “see” the change, vs. our playing that is many times subtle improvements that can easily get over-shadowed by the bigger picture in our minds and in our desires.  After all, if you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”

Denis Waitley
Author and Speaker

Have a GREAT week!