Weekly Trumpet Tips 10/17/10

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!!!

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Here are your tips!
Tip #1 – How Much Practicing Do You REALLY Do?
I am one of those players who is constantly thinking about playing when I’m not even near the horn.  There are recording sessions, rehearsals, and shows that I play that stay with me hours and even days after the fact.  I can still hear the lines in my head – I am still fingering through the patterns in my mind.
One of the best things you can do (and will save you chop strength at the same time) is to finger through songs, tough passages, improvised lines, etc. that may be causing you difficulty.  As I’ve shared with some of my private students lately, many of the rough spots happen because of a certain disconnect between the rhythm and your fingers / tongue.  By sitting down with a metronome and a horn without playing, sing the rhythms or say the counts out loud.  I’ve found that some of the biggest problems I experienced was anticipating things a split second too early, and starting tougher passages “early!”  By doing this very exercise, it showed me by focussing on just the fingers / rhythm / timing that I was starting prematurely.  Once I addressed that specific issue, my lines almost automatically cleaned up.
Tip #2 – Stay Inspired!
One of the most necessary ingredients to anything is inspiration.  For me, listening / watching old videos of Maynard, Arturo, Wayne Bergeron, Bobby Shew, Doc Severinsen, Cat Anderson (and the list could go on for days), I am continually inspired and excited about playing.
I think young students starting out on cornet / trumpet need the same type of inspiration… the days of big bands visiting various towns may be nearly non-existent and Johnny Carson has been off the air waves for far too many years, but we are blessed with videos and recordings.  If you are a parent, mentor, teacher, or near young students try to inspire them with our “fore fathers” videos…
Who inspires you to this day?  We’d love to hear from you!!!
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
Claude M. Bristol
1891-1951, Author of The Magic of Believing

Have a GREAT week!
Sincerely,
Keith