Weekly Trumpet Tips 1/18/11

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Here are your weekly Tips!

Tip #1 – Habits Of Excellence!

This is a continuation from last week, and will go forward for all 7 topics…

If we’re going to set habits, we might as well make them positive and beneficial vs. something we’re going to have to go back and fix later because of repercussions from laziness or not being clear.  My favorite way to think about that is from the movie Jurassic Park when they were using frog DNA to fill in the blanks.  What kind of information is getting left out because of it?

If we approach our habits of excellence in the following categories, we can certainly improve not only our habits, but our outcomes.  We’ll look at each one in depth over the next seven weeks.  The following seven categories are from Gerald Klickstein’s book “The Musician’s Way.”

1) Ease

2 Expressiveness

3) Accuracy

4) Rhythmic Vitality

5) Beautiful Tone

6) Focussed Attention

7) Positive Attitude

Accuracy can be described as to how well someone performs something – how clean, how concise, how technically perfect.  A great many bad habits are made early on by younger players by hastily reading and playing through a piece.  Bad habits and mistakes quickly become memorized and cause us more difficulty in clearing them out to get to that clear clean state we were after to begin with.

For accuracy sake, take small portions of a piece and work slowly… developing a consistent level of performance throughout a piece as early as possible (even greatly under tempo) is far better than to rush and have to get back to “zero” again.  Working from a deficit filled with bad habits and more problems is always much more costly!

Tip #2 – Practice Tip From Zack!

Zack Hall from Lindenwood University had a unique idea for helping himself practice… this ties in to the above and I felt it was a good tip to include in this weeks writing.

Zack states that he writes down on a 3X5 note card any of the more difficult passage spots in his music and reviews them before resuming his practice from the previous time.  This helps him keep the trouble spots fresh in his mind without having to mark up his music or go back and try and figure out what I’ve come to know as hieroglyphics.

Thanks Zack!!

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”

Earl Nightingale
1921-1989, Author

Have a GREAT week!