Weekly Trumpet Tips 11/17/15

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Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

(1) The Power of The Mirror!

(2) The Time Excuse…

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Tip #1 – The Power Of The Mirror!

I am reminded as to what a great and powerful tool a simple mirror can be.  It is also one of the most avoided!  Whether it reveals too much truth about what we are really doing when we play or it’s just more than what we’re willing to deal with in our individual practice sessions, I believe it’s THE most important tool to fixing range, endurance, intonation and basic tone issues!

By watching for movement in the mirror – looking directly at your connection between your lips and your mouthpiece, you will see if your lips are “taking over” as you ascend.  Rolling in, tightening up, etc.  Call it what you will, but that’s the biggest problem brass players face.  It’s also the biggest culprit of causing us to not properly use our air.

Do yourself a favor and spend some valuable practice time in the mirror.  Try to keep the lips stable and not move as you ascend or descend.  In time, you will break the habit and have better control because of it!

Tip #2 – The Time Excuse…

I think we’ve all used time as an excuse for one thing or another… “Why didn’t you call me last night?”  Oh… I didn’t have time.

Thus, this becomes the biggest lie we sell ourselves for not practicing or not practicing the stuff that we really need to work on vs. working on stuff that sounds good.  While it is a good idea to play things that are easy and enjoyable as a treat, it’s vitally important that we push the envelope each practice session and dive into the the things we can’t do or do well.

Careful, conscious and conscientious practice will always get you further down the road and there’s ALWAYS time – as long as we make the time.

“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.”      

~ Amit Ray, Mindfulness: Living in the Moment ~ Living in the Breath 

Have a GREAT week!