Weekly Trumpet Tips 3/1/11

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here are your weekly Tips!

Tip #1 – Celebrate the Smallest of Victories!

Somewhere along the way, most of us were shown that to improve or make progress we have to be hard on ourselves.  We start getting SO caught up in the negativity of “can’t” that we forget about or don’t recognize the “can” any longer.  We start focussing on what we don’t have, can’t do, etc. so much that we forget to celebrate what we do have and are learning to do!

I am no different and just like many of you – can be my own worst critic.  But what I’ve come to realize is that when you actually start to recognize the smallest of victories in your efforts, you’ll start to create a more positive outlook, thought process, and actually learn in deeper, faster, and more complete way.  If I finally play over the chord changes just 1 time out of 5 attempts and nail them all – I celebrate.  Whether it be a pat on my own back or buy myself an extra taco – I celebrate and focus on that success.

I am learning that what you spend your time focussing on is what you get more of.  The time will pass anyway – why not choose to focus on the positive and get more of that?

Tip #2 – Be a Pleasure to Work With!

There is an old saying that goes like this “You attract more flies with Honey than you do lemons!”  In the world of any business (especially music) it’s difficult (and removes the fun) to work with someone who is a difficult person.  Whether it be just a bad mood, or an ego tripping jerk-off, it’s not fun to be around it or work with!

When you are a pleasure to work with, you will have the pleasure of working more (gigs in this case).  I’ve seen many instances where a persons attitude keeps them from working – “man, he’s a great player, but I don’t want to deal with that attitude on stage!”

Habits such as drinking, drugs, etc. can also affect this too.  I view gigs as my “job.”  And I can’t name too many professions that actually allow you to drink alcohol while you work (although perhaps some should).

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature nor do the children of man as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

Helen Keller
1880-1968, Blind/Deaf Author and Lecturer

Have a GREAT week!