Weekly Trumpet Tips 2/14/12

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:


Last week I mentioned doing pedals for hours to help loosen up the chops.  In addition (primarily forgot to mention it) play them as loud as possible.  This will do 2 things for you…

#1 – It get’s you breathing much deeper right away!

#2 – The low vibrations start to really help the lips loosen up and will help dissipate swelling from the previous days beating.

As contradictory as this may sound, it really does help get you geared up from a rough day before.  I have to take and do these for an hour or so, then take a break completely away from the horn.  Once I come back, things feel much more relaxed and ready to play.

Tip #2 – Equipment & Mistakes We Make When Choosing!

When choosing the right mouthpiece, we tend to go for what is going to give us more range, etc.  What we tend to forget is that all of the mouthpieces, sizes, etc. will NEVER fix bad habits.  Only practice does that.  When choosing the right mouthpiece, a player has to consider the playing environment, color of sound, and comfort.  Just because someone else plays a certain mouthpiece does NOT mean that it will work for you / everyone.  You have to realize that our physical make up can determine size (diameter).  I for one am on a very small diameter – it just works.  Arturo is on a 3C – always has been… it just works.

Horns are no different… no horn is going to “give” you more range.  It will either have “your” sound characteristics or it won’t.  Go by what you hear (normal register) and how the horn feels in your hand.  Just shooting off into outer space does not give you an accurate depiction of how the horn will play in your various circumstances.

“You’ve got to walk right into what you want and not look at what you don’t want. Stay focused on the goal.”

Calvin LeHew
Flying High: A True Story of Shared Inspiration.

Have a GREAT week!