Weekly Trumpet Tips 2/28/12

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tip’s:

Tip #1 – Keeping / Building “GIG” Chops

An interesting topic – and one that will garner a ton of different answers, opinions, etc.  But – one worth diving into as I just recently read a really good suggestion from “Iron” Mike Bogart about this very thing.  If you’re not familiar with Mike, he was with Tower of Power for 9 years and is a former Maynard player… he knows how to keep things going.

His advice, and mine too – is to play along with a recorded version of your show.  Run it EXACTLY as the show would go – rests (or lack thereof) and playing full out.  This gives you the opportunity to get into shape and hone your ability to play the show.  Running it two times per day for several days in a row will really get you in shape and ready to go!

Playing with Aebersold albums, playing longer pieces, and doing more demanding type practice can also be great as well… just be sure tor rest after you’ve pushed.

What have you done that has helped you prepare or build up for a performance?

Tip #2 – Efficient Practice Vs. Going Through The Motions!

We all hit walls with practicing at times.  What halts progress forward the most is when we can’t break through that barrier and get back into a “learning” pattern.  Running scales, playing the same passage over and over, playing over chord changes at 250 Million miles per hour, all can tear down your drive and make you resistant to progress subconsciously.

Interestingly enough, I’ve found that by actually breaking away from something extremely frustrating for a few days or even a week… once you come back to it you just “MAY” have a breakthrough with it.  Sometimes stepping away from the shedding and moving into other territory (keeping the tasks in mind) can actually help you advance.

CAUTION!  The above is NOT a license to turn lazy and stop completely.  It is a suggestion to change focus for a few days and move other aspects of your playing forward for a few days.

“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

Have a GREAT week!