Weekly Trumpet Tips 12/13/11

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – More on The Gap!








Tip # 2 – Mental Resistance!

As the years seem to fly by in writing these weekly tips, I am fortunate to not really ever run out of material or topics to discuss.  Largely, students are my inspiration, as is my own set-backs, triumphs, experiences, and challenges.

In working with several students with varying topics, one thing I seem to realize is that a persons unwillingness or resistance to something can be extremely strong!  Strong enough to throw up barriers that seem nearly impossible to overcome.  Range is NOT the only barrier.  For me personally, I was taught as a young student that improvisation was a “gift” as chops were… so I built up in my mind that I was either a lead player OR I was a jazz soloist – how in the world could there ever be both?

Enter Arturo Sandoval, Roger Ingram, Maynard Ferguson, Wayne Bergeron, Ryan Kisor, Bobby Shew, Scott Englebright, blah, blah, blah… the list is endless!

What I’m learning about myself (and about others) is that we must ALL start believing more in our own abilities!  Bottom line, we take our own time to achieve our goals, and if you’re not learning music and all of its facets, then you’ll be “learning” something else.  We really never stop learning… but sadly for a great many of us, we learn to become more resistant to change, new ideas, etc.

This weeks tip?  Stop resisting – don’t let your fear of something (improv, range, closet monsters, etc.) win!

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Walt Disney
1901-1966, Film Producer, Director, and Screenwriter

Have a GREAT week!