Weekly Tips 4/4/10

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Tips!

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Here are your weekly tips!

Tip #1 – In my quest to continually increase my range, improve upon my endurance, and basically push the envelope of my playing I am constantly refining and experimenting with different exercises.  My latest venture is nothing new, and I’m sure most of you have heard about at some point or another – free lip buzzing.

I compiled a video that will help explain exactly what I’m doing to improve my own playing… but I can say that in a short amount of time, I’m seeing improvement.  So when you have time, please watch the video (it’s under 4 minutes).

I apologize about the “auto-play,” on the video!

Tip #2 – Looking back on my past as a young, eager, impatient trumpet player, I would set unattainable goals for myself I.E.” Even though I can only play and use E’s above High C, by the end of the month I’m going to have a Double C!”  This goal was unattainable not because I “couldn’t”, “wasn’t born with gifted chops”, or any other crazy reasoning that we all tend to hear.  But it was because I never learned from my instructors or took the time to be patient with myself to deduce what was keeping me from my ultimate goals.

Most of us are kept from our goals because we get discouraged emotionally and don’t really break the habits that get set unintentionally.  Be patient with your progress, set goals for each day, and remember that it’s focussed practice and trusting the process that will get you to your goals long term!  As Wilmer Wise says – “Be sure brain is engaged before putting mouthpiece in gear!”

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our
aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim
too low and achieving our mark.”

— Michelangelo: Was an Italian artist and sculptor

Have a GREAT week!