Weekly Trumpet Tips 12/2/14

The Shadow

The Shadow

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Tip #1 – Create!  Don’t Compete!

The more I learn, the better my playing gets and the less I focus on competing with other players for who can play higher, louder, faster, etc. the happier I am!  Spending time with those players that are considered absolutely world class (Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Bergeron, Randy Brecker, etc.) I notice that they really don’t concern themselves with someone who is “better.”  Music is a celebration and a form of communication that really has no place for competition.

Most recently I read something that said “Amateurs compete, Professionals CREATE!”  And this is absolutely true!  Trumpet tends to have the least amount of players who celebrate individual playing differences and compete for the temporary crown of highest range, loudest, fastest, youngest, oldest, etc.  For me, this kept me stuck and stifled my personal growth because I wasn’t focussed on MY playing – I was focussed on what others could do and that I couldn’t (or struggled to do).

Tip #2 – Share Your Knowledge & Experience!

This week I want to try something different through comments… share 1 or 2 things that you’ve found the MOST beneficial to your growth that you’ve learned!  It can be directly related to playing or it can be some sort of life experience that translated into your playing and inspired growth!


The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is

that little extra.

– Jimmy Johnson – American Footbal Coach, Player, Executive and Broadcaster

Have a GREAT week!