Weekly Trumpet Tips 10/10/10

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips,

Please always feel free to respond / comment on any of the tips listed in these weekly posts.  Your input may help clarify details for someone else!

Check out the Chops Rehab and Jazz Improv courses.  These are designed to be 4 weeks worth of lessons to help the student gain insights and skills in each specific area.  We are currently running a “Back To School” promotion on Chops Rehab…

A couple of updates – we’ve selected a name for the book – keep checking back to find out what it is… the book should be finished by October’s end.  A month behind what I wanted, but it was worth the extra time!!!

We now have t-shirts!  Check out our new t-shirt design!  We have the “adult version and the school friendly “student version!”

Adult T-Shirt

Also check out the new Austin Winds Balanced Ballad 1!


Here are your weekly Tips!

Tip #1 – Practice Without Playing!

One of the best ways to work on tricky little passages is to sit down with a metronome and finger along the passage while “saying” the rhythms.  1, 2, 3E&A, 4&, etc.  By doing this you’re doing several good things at once.  You’re saving your chops from over practicing (a problem that many of us struggle with as we get obsessive about improving), as well as isolating the finger / rhythm of the passage that may cause problems.  When you are actually playing the passages, our minds are focussed on multiple tasks at once… this will reduce the amount of different things your mind has to process and will help you isolate rhythm and technical issues – making improvement occur faster!

Tip #2 – How Many Pounds of Pressure?

Attached is our video of the air compressor (in the garage) playing various notes.  It’s a kooky / fun experiment but really made things hit home on air usage for me… hope you enjoy!


“We can’t fear the past. Fear is a future thing. And since the future’s all in our heads, fear must be a head thing.”

Tom Payne
Career Development Expert

Have a GREAT week!