Weekly Trumpet Tips 11/21/10

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’re literally a couple of weeks away from the release of the new book!  I’m most excited about it as I’m sure it will be very beneficial to everyone who reads it!  The interviews are intriguing and extremely informative!

We now have t-shirts!  Check out our new t-shirt design!  We have the “adult version and the school friendly “student version!”

Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Steps For Success!

In working with one of my Chops Rehab clients this week, I had sent him some words of wisdom to help solidify the best ways to break old habits that don’t work and create new ones that will work time and time again.

The basic steps are as follows –

1) Find the combination

2) Memorize it

3) Make it repeatable on command!

In turn, he was kind enough to put together a poster in .pdf form!  If anyone needs any media work done out there, Kenny Clawson is your man for sure…

Enjoy the attachment HERE

Tip #2 – Want a Cleaner Sound?  Hold Your Aperture Still!

Something that has come to light for me both as a player and as a teacher is why some players have a “scooping” sound transitioning into notes that are anywhere from a half step apart upwards to an octave apart.  Creating kind of a “woo-woo” affect instead of having that nice clean transition between notes.

What creates this is that we tend to get VERY lazy in the middle and lower registers because as we mature as players, we tend to stop pushing the air to play notes from second line G upward.  This has been an eye opening thing for me because it’s cleaned up my performance as well!  AND – it’s helped increase my endurance because I’m not relying on my aperture / lips to make the transition between notes.  I use my air much more efficiently than ever before.

Take a good look at this – test yourself by slurring between a middle C (3rd space) B Natural and back again.  Then try moving from C to an A and back up.  If there is a slight movement in the aperture, you’ll start to hear this “woo-woo” affect.

“Here’s the problem. Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.”

John Assaraf
Speaker and Author

Have a GREAT week!