Weekly Trumpet Tips 10/23/12

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

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Tip #1 – Setting Goals / Reaching Them!

When a person takes the plunge into being a musician, we have to accept that we will remain a student for life!  There is no “destination” per-se, nor is there a point that we will truly be satisfied with things… and if we are, we’ve stopped being a student of our instrument.

I saw Arturo Sandoval in concert this past Friday night.  He is a living example of how someone continues to improve each and every time I hear him.  The ironic thing is, it had nothing to do with his range, speed, precision, etc.  It had EVERYTHING to do with his approach.  How he took each solo and created something that was aw inspiring.

Now – back to us humans… we need to approach our practice with a determination and an attainable goal in mind. I.E. “I’m going to play that line up a major 3rd today, even if I can’t hold an E above high C for too long.”  The idea behind this is, set your sites on something that is nearly within reach.  Reach it, and move your goal.

I’m no scientist, but think of it this way – if you’re walking to a friends house that is 2 miles away, you’ll be less tired if you focus on the next tree coming up vs. the 1 1/2 miles remaining.  Our minds tend to shut down if a goal “feels” or seems too far out of reach.

Tip #2 – What Are You Working On?

Tip #2 is really something that I want to reserve this week for a question to you all (Y’all if you’re in Texas).

What Are You Working On?  Give us the biggest thing… it can be generalized as well.  Improvisation, range, rhythm, etc.

Personally, I focus largely on learning chords and diatonic chords within a major scale.  As well as the dominant and minor versions.  I am also working speed with Clarke #1 – 4, and still am working on range when I get the opportunity.  That triple C is in there somewhere…

“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.”

Dale Carnegie
1888-1955, Author of How to Win Friends and Influence People 

Have a GREAT week!