Weekly Trumpet Tips 2/10/15

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Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

(1) Trumpet Days Off

(2) Trumpet & Insecurities…

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Tip #1 – Trumpet Days Off

I get questions from time to time as to if it’s okay to take days off and if so, how many… I find that for myself, I do NOT take any days completely off the horn.  I will  minimize my playing time – sometimes down to 20 minutes, but I am not one that actually feels comfortable taking a complete day off.  The next day the chops feels “lost.”

This is something that I feel every player needs to discover if it’s “okay” to take off completely for themselves.  There are those players that do well with a complete day off.  But if you’re like I am and you feel that you need a day down, try the minimalist approach.  I’ve healed pretty badly beaten chops this way in the past.

Tip #2 – Trumpet & Insecurities…

Trumpet and trumpet players tend to get a “bad wrap” in terms of musicians at times because as a group we have some rather unsavory characters that have stained our image as ego driven, selfish and basically jerky.

I feel that trumpet is a difficult instrument from the start… there is really no one on the planet that plays this instrument and doesn’t experience a “bad day” every now and again.  What I have experienced in terms of my own personal insecurities is no different than most others.  When I was more focussed on who was better than me at any given point in time, I was more apt to be judgmental and “jerky.”  When I turned my focus inward and started focussing on my playing, practicing and growth I noticed that I no longer felt insecure about myself or other players.  In fact, I found myself celebrating the differences in each player and the strengths that each person inherently has.

If you are one that finds yourself judging others in terms of playing ability, or compares yourself continuously to other players, stop!  Your abilities and inabilities lay strictly in your own hands.  Music is the most universal form of communication… we must celebrate this and not turn it into a blood sport.

“Don’t let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you’re crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you’re lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you’re greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn’t understand.”

Have a GREAT week!