Weekly Trumpet Tips 2/12/13

The Shadow

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Tip #1 – Practice Tips for Those That Don’t Practice Much – 

One of the most readily available excuses humans use when they didn’t do something is “I didn’t have time.”  That always makes me laugh because no one has any more or less than 24 hours in one given day.  So it comes down to priorities.  If your priority is to practice, then you will.  If it’s low on the enjoyment list, then most likely you won’t.

What I suggest to those who kind of in between liking and disliking practice is to leave your horn out on a stand vs. locked up in a case.  It’s much like going to the gym.  If you’re there, you might as well work out.  But if you’re at home, it’s easy to think – “I’m too busy.”

I find for myself, that I now have the opposite problem.  I OVER practice!  My horn is always out and next to my desk.  So when I sit down at the computer, it’s right there… calling me!  UGH!  Hi, My name is Keith, and I’m addicted to trumpet playing!

The last step is to make sure that you practice the right material in the right manner.  You don’t have to play for long… just 10 minutes.  Then take a mental break!

Tip #2 – Recording Yourself To Performance Happiness! – 

One of the things that I’ve been doing while recording my new album project is to take a copy of what has been done so that I can “live with it” for a few days.  It’s given me the opportunity to separate myself from the rush of finishing something on the recording, to becoming more of a “listener.”

(SHAMELESS PLUG – The new album is coming along incredibly well, and should be released in late March!)

What I’ve learned from this experience is that we are SO emotionally attached to what we’ve done musically, that we’re usually okay with letting little things slide by.  But days later, those “little” things can stand out more.  And in a recording process, what ever goes to mixing and mastering will exist longer than I’ll be alive!  So I want it positively memorable for the listener and myself alike!  I’m okay with making mistakes, and I’m even more okay with fixing those mistakes!

We’re all human!  NO ONE is perfect, and the age of Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and pre-recorded “live” performances has created this illusion of perfection in most people.  If you were fortunate enough to attend a big band show even as recently as the early 2000’s, stuff happened live!  And sometimes the mistakes were so creatively perfect that the performance evolved into something even more memorable than a “perfect” performance.

“Not until the pain of the same is greater than the pain of change will you embrace change.”

—Dave Ramsey: American financial author and
nationally syndicated radio host

Have a GREAT week!

Sincerely,

Keith