Weekly Trumpet Tips 1/1/13

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!

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Tip #1 – Allow Yourself To Be Pleasantly Frustrated!

What the heck does that mean?  What I mean is that when we get comfortable, we stop growing… when we become frustrated because something is difficult, we are encouraging growth and learning!  Practicing is NO different!  I spent YEARS avoiding the REAL meat and potatoes (so to speak) in learning… and what happened?  Time kept ticking right on by!  Until one day, I looked back and 15 and 20 year olds were playing the way I wanted to play… but I didn’t put in the work.  Now – I’m not necessarily talking high notes… I’m talking improvisation, reading skills, rhythmic interpretation, etc.  I woke up one day and realized that I could play a double C… but I couldn’t read the rhythms leading up to it very well, nor could I improvise and actually “use” a double c!

I challenged myself!  I started taking lessons, getting help from everyone that could do what I wanted to do.  And I realized something… if I walked out of a lesson frustrated – I got my monies worth!  If I walked out feeling like I impressed my “teacher,” I felt as though I didn’t really get everything I came for.  So the first thing I want is to be challenged by things I can’t already do!  Yes – at age 44 – I continue to take lessons, ask questions, seek out knowledge, and I don’t care if the person is 20 years older or 30 years younger!

Tip #2 – What’s Your Playing Resolution for 2013?

We want to know what you have planned for yourself musically in this new year!  Whether it be starting to take lessons again, or it be to continue to allow yourself to be challenged!  What’s your goal?

“Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities.”

Michael Josephson
Speaker on the subject of ethics and former law professor

Have a GREAT Week and a VERY Happy New Year – 2013!