Weekly Trumpet Tips 12/21/10

The Shadow

Welcome To Weekly Trumpet Tips,

For the past several weeks, we’ve been working away at a cover design for the new book “About Face.”  We are at press as I type and the book is nearly ready for purchase!

You’ll enjoy information that deals with lip muscles, ways to get stronger, recovery from injury as well as exciting interviews with Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Bergeron, and Chad Shoopman.  They discuss the varying road blocks and things they’ve experienced as players!

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Here are your weekly Tips!

Tip #1 – Over-Blowing & Sound Engineer’s!

One of the hardest things to do as a wind player is to try and “keep up” with electronically powered instruments – and vocalists with a microphone.  In fact, the only thing worse is a vocalist with a tambourine!  HA!  Okay – back on track…

The hardest thing to overcome is to realize that just because we don’t hear ourselves the way we typically do during a performance, doesn’t mean that we suddenly have to compensate by “hossing” (Bonanza reference) out your parts.  It’s a GREAT way to cause lip swelling, premature fatigue, and loads of frustration.

The best advice I can give you is to do what you can to get any form of monitor levels adjusted and leave the rest up to knowing that your trumpet voice WILL carry and be heard.

Tip #2 – Lip Condition… Critical!

When you are absolutely wiped out and just not playing up to par, the last thing you want to do is dig in harder and use more pressure, push harder, etc.  If you’re in the middle of a performance, back down on the volume and play in a more reserved (although be it proper) manner.

Once you survive your show, the next day should be devoted to warming up with out being warmed up… using what we discussed several weeks ago as a guideline.  By starting with pedal tones and separating each arpeggio by equal amounts of rest, you’ll help relax the stiff / swollen tissue.  The next phase should be spent playing VERY softly  on long tones – nothing higher than middle C (3rd space).  Take a LONG time on this step alone, and it will pay BIG dividends!  This alone will help you regain the control that was blown out the end of the horn the night before.

Once rested, continue lower register Schlossberg exercises.  It’s not uncommon for players to have compounding problems by taking a day off and trying to hit it hard the following day.  You’ll save yourself and your chops a lot of tension and frustration.

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

Confucius
551-479 BC, Philosopher

Have a VERY Merry Christmas to all!!!

Sincerely,

Keith