Weekly Trumpet Tips 12/24/13

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

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Tip #1 – Your Guinea Pig – ME!

Okay, so for your Christmas present this year, I decided to become a trumpeting guinea pig to be able to offer some sound advice (and for me to go back and reread once in a while) on what to do when the chops are shot!

In keeping with the idea that we need to train like an athlete when dealing with high register, here’s what I did… I pushed super hard last week.  Playing literally 7 hours with a buddy and improvising.  Not playing real high, but playing A LOT!  Wednesday was another day that I pushed, but this time on high range.  Thursday & Friday – more of the same.

Saturday – I decided that since I wasn’t working over the weekend, I’d limit my playing to 10 minutes for the entire day.  Nothing more!  I did Clarke Studies, scale studies, and some arpeggios.  Only playing up to a G on top of the staff, I stopped after my 10 minutes were up.

Sunday – I doubled my time of playing… 20 minutes.  Doing the same routine, but including about 10 additional minutes of improvisational playing.  I pushed the range a little bit but not much.

Monday – Okay – here’s where I wasn’t very smart.  Thinking that just because I took it easy for a couple of days, I wouldn’t really need a good warm up.  WRONG!  So – after a good warm up (going back and doing it), my chops came together later in the day.

Long story short – REST the chops…

I wish EVERYONE a VERY Merry Christmas, and offer cheers to a prosperous and awesome 2014!  I’m going to take next week off… but we’ll be in full swing again starting back the week of the 7th!  PLEASE stay safe everyone, and keep playin’!

“The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, will rise up to help you.  The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.”

Napoleon Hill
1883-1970, Author