Weekly Trumpet Tips 10/11/11

The Shadow

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

 Tip #1 – Weathered Chops! (Video)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFjztCfkbK0[/youtube]

Tip #2 – Mind Engaged?

I wrote about this very thing several months ago to the roaring sound of several followers who balked at the idea of “meditation.”  So – today I’m not going to use the word “meditation.”  Rather, I’m going to talk about focussing your mind on the task at hand (playing trumpet in this case) before you actually engage in the activity.

Wilmer Wise actually has a saying that I think is great – “Engage brain before putting mouthpiece in gear!”

I can think of a few sports where the athlete absolutely gets defeated before they ever start!  Mike Tyson in the early 90’s is a prime example of this.  He lost his title (and never regained it) to a fighter who had less chance of winning than at least 5 of the previous opponents he had already faced and defeated in seconds!  What beat him?  He did!  Personal issues, and not focussed.  You could see it on his face.

I believe that when we let our mind chatter (clutter) follow us into the practice room and onto the stage, we’re setting ourselves up for at least wasted time.

If you take 5 to 10 minutes and focus on your breathing… in / out – listening to nothing but your breath and focussing solely on that – you’ll start to notice that the mind chatter slows.  Once your mind is more clear, your playing (if you allow yourself to focus on it) will become more clear as well!  You’ll pay closer attention to the details – such as dynamics, articulations, proper playing technique – such as using your air, etc.

Try it – let me know what you experience…

“If you’re feeling low, don’t despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Dolly Parton
Singer-Songwriter, Author and Philanthropist

Have a GREAT week!

Sincerely,

Keith