Weekly Trumpet Tips 1/14/14

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

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Tip #1 – What’s the Best “Jazz” Trumpet – 

This is a topic that I’ve read a lot on the social media sites such as the trumpet forums, Facebook etc.  This subject is a serious matter to trumpet players really wanting to have the right equipment for the job.  But, a great jazz trumpet is what ever you feel most comfortable playing, and that fits your concept of sound.

I don’t think there is one brand over another that would be considered “better” when it comes to playing any certain style of music.  Whether it be Bach, Benge, Austin Winds, Monette, King, Holton (the list is endless), etc. they all have been played by jazz artists that make them sound like they fit!

So here’s my advice on this topic… IGNORE IT!  Work on your concept of sound, and search for YOUR voice on your horn.  If your horn isn’t what you’re hearing, then play as many as you can before you buy.

Tip #2 – Major Scales / Arpeggio’s

Since we’re in a new year, I want to address something that seems to really fall by the way side for a great many trumpet players.  Major scales and arpeggiations.  I have 3 Questions for you:

1)  Can you play ALL 12 major scales with proficiency?

2)  Can you run all 12 in less than 30 Seconds?  15 seconds?

3)  Can you run your arpeggiations as proficiently?

If you hesitated in the least on these 3 questions, then you should probably cozy up to the scales and arpeggio’s again.  Running these will help your reading ability – especially in the tougher key signatures.  Running arpeggiations will actually help your flexibility.  Try to add the 7th note of each arpeggio… so you’re playing 1, 3, 5, 7, octave.

Spend a little time each day working on this stuff, and you’ll be surprised to the improvement.

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.”

Orison Swett Marden
1850-1924, Author

Have a GREAT week!