Weekly Trumpet Tips 10/18/16

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Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

(1) Vide0 – Mouthpiece Placement / Recording Gear

(2) Ron’s Tip – Progression of Chords

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Tip #1 – Video – Mouthpiece Placement / Recording Gear

Tip #2 – Ron’s Tip – Progression of Chords

Rons’s Tips on building to the Progression of chords,and traning your brain
Welcome back trumpeters! In my first thre weeks of my tips We talked about Knowing the 4 triads. If you haven’t seen this then please resort back to week of 9/20 in the weekly archives. With all due respect to the great teachings  on improvisation and videos by Keith Fiala on scales and jazz which I highly reccomend to all. I am basically giving the course of the Manhattan school of music which I spent many years learning. This is a Conservatory course that I studied by the  jazz player Bob Arthurs. I highly suggest that you resort to the previous weekly tips on Ron’s Tips because there is only  so much I can write each week where I am trying to move forward for each one of you up and coming jazz players. I would also like to thank everyone for there response where I will try to get back to all of you with your input.
 I would like to quickly go over them where you would have 4 Triads Major, Minor, Diminished, and Augmented, the word “triad” meaning 3 notes of a chord. These are the building blocks to a chord It is important that I mention them again because it may not sink in the 1st week but you will understand them. So in the Key of C Major we are talking about the number’s of the notes of the scales which these triads make up. So in this key of C the Major is 1-3-5 , minor is 1-flat3-5, Diminished is 1-flat 3-flat5,and augmented is 1-3-sharp5. This is considered in the root position. Of course the 1st inversions will start on the 3rd degreeor 3 note , and the 2nd inversion will start on the 5 note. example (2nd inversion starts on 3-5-1 for Major) and so on. Use them in different Keys. all Major for starters. Learn all your scales. Remember By using a metronome on almost everything you play, your brain is being trained to work with your steady beat. After all these years of using a metronome, It pushes you.  Just using your foot to beat is not enough. But if you don’t have one that is ok for now till you do, then just try to keep a steady beat.
Your mind will eventually get so use to the metronme it will be like muscle memory eventually. After all the years of using a metronome my brain is programmed to the correct speed and I almost know exactly what the speed is if I am not using one. You may not have heard this before but ” a metronome is your musical brain’s guide and motor to all rhythm. it not only keeps you in time but it keeps you wanting to practice when there are days you don’t want to”.Think about that! So when playing the triads  try to play them across the board in each position , root notes being played  fist then 1st, second, and third inversion, maybe in eight notes very slowly arounf 67bpm on the metronome. Then you can speed it up . Remember the one thing that I stress is Start Slowly. It is harder to play something slower in time than fast and playing it wrong because the slow time is forcing you to hold back like a tension band. So now I hope you can really learn the 4 triads well before we go on but I am now going to introduce the 4 part chords that are built on these triads. If you do not learn the triads you will be wasting your timewhere you can not get an understanding of what these chords are but there are 8 Chords in the progression of chords that are built on these 4 triads , In all music these are the chords
 are #1) Major 6 {1-3-5-6}, #2) Minor6 { 1-Flat 3-5-6 }, #3) Major 7{ 1-3-5-7},#4) Dominant7{1-3-5-flat7}, #5) Minor7 {1-flat 3- 5- flat 7}, #6) Minor7 flat-5 {1-flat 3-flat 5,-flat7} #7) Dimiished { 1-flat3 – flat5- double flat7}, #8)Augmented {1-3- Sharp5 – flat7} note! the double flat 7 means 2 flats in front of the 7th.. I realize it looks lke alot but that is only because i wrote out each one using words nstead of the # and b signs. i want to make sure you understand this. If you look closely each of these chords are bulit on one of your 4 triads. The challenge is to try to pick each triad out to see how it bulids that chord. My suggestion is to learn all your triads and scales  from my weekly advice on weekly tips #2 and #3 in weekly archives. So now you have the chords in their progressicve  forms.You can hold onto them for our future lessons or youcan see if you can try to play them one note at a time. A piano player hits all notes of a chord at one time with his left hand but these on trumpet are played one note at a time. They are played in that sequence across the board  from bottom notes to top like the triads but I just want you to learn what hey are first. Next lesson I will elaborate on what   to do next . These exercises will educate you . Always remember Nothing comes easy without hard work
 This is an intermediate course for beginners of jazz . Keith Fiala’s trumpet resources site is one of the finest I have ever been aquainted with. I am honored to be part of his site. Keith’s knowledge and his tips  as a guru and icon of trumpet has inspired me to accept his invitation to offer my Tips for you to  help you the student improve you craft of music
 Sincerly yours and best wishes
 Ron Tenore/ Ron’s Tips
Have a GREAT Week!