Weekly Trumpet Tips 3/15/11

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Don’t Let Your Mind Take You Out of the Game!

I was in the gym this morning and doing my LEAST favorite activity – running!  Cardio seems to be one of the hardest things for me to be consistent with.  As I was just starting out, I noticed that I was “bargaining” with myself – my mind was telling me “You’ve worked hard all day this week, don’t go the full mile.”  I’ve learned to NOT listen to this kind of stuff in most circumstances.  So, I ran an extra .25 mile instead of stopping short.  When I was done, I felt much more accomplished.  I’ve been doing this VERY same activity with practicing and playing.  Whether it be the choice between using or not using a metronome, or skipping scales today – your mind can “talk” you out of a lot of things… it can also make you start to believe “I CAN’T!”  I can’t is simply a replacement for I don’t want to try, or I don’t have enough confidence.  KEEP pushing forward – you’ll be glad you did!


Tip #2 – Chop Problems Can Crash Everything Else With Our Performance!

While interviewing Chad Shoopman and Wayne Bergeron, it was amazing to me that BOTH guys separately talked about how chop problems cause “head games” and make the rest of our playing just crash!  When we start to suffer with that aspect of our playing, it seems to freeze our minds and makes it hard to focus or concentrate on the other aspects.  These 2 guys are TOP players – and they’ve gone through them.  Interviewing Arturo, it was interesting to hear HIS perspective as well… although he didn’t discuss “problems” as much as Wayne or Chad, he did give advice on what to do when things are shot!

So for this second tip this week, it’s important to know that when your chops are shot, tired, dried out, worn out, stepped on, etc. it’s ESSENTIAL to not let the rest of your performance go with them.  Take it down… and treat the chops to a nice pedal tone exercise!

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

Marcus Aurelius
121-180, Roman Emperor and Philosopher

Have a GREAT week!