Weekly Trumpet Tips 2/22/11

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here are your weekly Tips!

Tip #1 – NEVER Stop Learning!

I had a young student tell me that when he enters high school next year, he will stop taking lessons… this caught me a bit off guard, so I inquired as to exactly what he meant?  “Do you mean that you’ll take from a different teacher or stop lessons all together?” I asked.  He quickly came back and said that he felt that he had learned all that he needed… trying not to fall out of my chair with laughter, I asked do you think that I still take lessons?  He fired back with “No WAY!”  I said – I do – I STILL take lessons!  I learned in my late 20’s that if you stop seeking higher knowledge, you get stuck.  If you feel you’ve conquered one task, move on to something else – even if it doesn’t necessarily interest you at the time.  Example – I am NOT a classical player… but I hear classical innuendos in Arturo, Carl Saunders, Wynton, Ron Stout, and the like.  Feeling that this could improve my technique and jazz playing, I started back with a classical teacher.  Time passes anyway, why not make the best of the NOW!

Tip #2 – Improv Anyone?

Tying into the tip above, I’ve gotten serious about my improvisation.  I ask a TON of questions, listen to a lot more Be-Bop than ever before (probably the only guy in the gym pumping iron to Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, and Arturo Sandoval) and am diving into improv daily now.  This used to scare the pants off of me – I’m a lead / section player… but needing to grow, I seek the skill

Here’s something that has been working REALLY well for me – if you’re dabbling with improvisation as well, try this.

Take Aebersold Volume 1 – put on the good ol’ Bb blues, and pick target notes for each chord change.  Here’s what I mean.  The most vanilla (plain) note you can land on and play is the root of each chord (hint – chord name).  To get secure with the ability of hitting each chord change, land on the root of each change.  Once comfortable, pick the 3rd of each chord – 7th, 9th, etc.  It’s a great brain teaser and opens up incredible new ideas that you can shape so it won’t sound like rambling.

“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve lost them forever.”

Wayne Dyer
Author and Speaker

Have a GREAT week!