Weekly Trumpet Tips 3/12/13

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

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Tip #1 – 1000 Excuses…

I’ve written about this before, but this is one topic that I witnessed in another aspect of life other than trumpet playing… BUSINESS!  Pie charts, graphs, meetings, planning, and speculating will do absolutely NOTHING for a business – what grows a business (bottom line) is sales!  What I have witnessed is someone who manages a business and makes excuses as to why more gigs aren’t being booked. Blaming everything from lights, to lack of dancing on stage, to the age of the performers.  When in reality, this person is waiting for calls to come to him.

Practicing is much like this!  A great many of us think about practicing, plan for it, and even may get around to picking up the horn, but when it comes time to have focussed practice, we make excuses.  Consider this, in the amount of time that it took to talk yourself out of practicing (for one reason or another) you could have started and been just a bit closer to your playing goals.

The next time you tell yourself that you’re too tired, too busy, or what ever your poison (excuse) may be, stop and just pick up the horn… even if it’s only 5 minutes!

Tip #2 – Scariest Facet(s) of Playing for You?

Some of the biggest obstacles I’ve had in my playing life is improvisation, time and rhythm, and sight-reading.  I managed to slip through the cracks as a young boy when it came to sight-reading and counting / rhythm.  I could play something back pretty quick – if I heard it.  While that’s a great skill to have, it’s not enough to continue forward as a growing trumpet player / musician.

Improvisation was one of those skills that I was led to believe that I didn’t necessarily have the skills or “natural ability” to do.

I have had to embrace the things that I cannot do / do well, and have learned to ask questions, take lessons, and focus my practice on these playing facets.

For me, it was easy to shut myself down believing that it was too difficult to fix my weaknesses…  and all that excuse was doing was making what I believed come even more true!

What is your scariest facet that haunts you?

“There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstance of your life can change!”

Rhonda Byrne
Author of The Secret 

Have a GREAT week!