Weekly Trumpet Tips 12/16/14

The Shadow

The Shadow

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Tip #1 – Gigs-a-plenty – Guard the Chops!

One thing that trumpet players get fooled into thinking is that because they are practicing, they will have enough in the endurance department.  It’s very difficult to replicate a gig situation in the practice room and many times when work starts to roll in, practicing needs to give way to more mental work and less actual playing.  Remembering that muscles require 3 things – no matter what muscles we’re talking about… they have to be worked, they have to be rested and they have to be fed!

My schedule has been demanding enough that I limit my practicing to just listening, transcribing, and running finger patterns / licks, etc. in my mind instead of on the horn.  I reserve playing time to the art of warming up and playing on stage.

Something else to consider… trumpet can lull the player into believing that we’re not “projecting” or being heard over the band, especially when electronic instruments are introduced into the situation.  This can tend to make us start playing louder and harder which will wear you down and cause fatigue rather quickly.  IF you are being mic’d, your best bet is to relax, back off and let the microphone do the work for you.  Your chops will thank you the morning after and the days to come!

On the reverse side of this, if you’re a student and suddenly find yourself without obligation to your band, lesson teacher, etc. now is NOT the time to set the horn down and take a long winter’s nap!  Come January when things fire up again, you’ll find a deep gouge trailing behind you – in  the mountain of progress you just slid your backside down!

Tip #2 – Happy Holiday!

This is less of a tip and more of a thank you to everyone who subscribes to our Weekly Trumpet Tips!  I want to take a minute and say how much we appreciate your patronage and hope that you and your family have a VERY blessed Holiday!



Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;

it is something you design for the present.

– Jim Rohn – 1930-2009, Author and Speaker

Have a GREAT week!