Weekly Trumpet Tips 3/25/14

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

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Tip #1 – Horn Care Continued 

Hey Guys & Gals,

I got quite a few questions / comments on the horn cleaning topic from last week.  You’ll find 3  videos that I did a couple of years ago on what I do to keep my horns clean and in tip top shape.  Hope this clears things up and that you enjoy…




Tip #2 – 3 Months!

I had a great opportunity this past Friday to spend “hang time” with Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, and the band as they were performing in Austin that evening.

I had a GREAT conversation with Ed Calle as we were discussing improvisation and learning the skill.  We hit on the topic of  learning ideas and how much time it takes to have said ideas show up in your playing comfortably and fluidly.  He told me a story of when he was spending time with Michael Brecker – he was very frustrated about the length of time it was taking for him to get a good grasp on ideas, licks, etc.  3 months on most ideas felt like too long, so he had a lot of frustration developing.  So he asked Michael how long it takes him… Michael’s response is priceless… “3 MONTHS!

Learning our instruments is a tall order – trumpet is NOT a friendly instrument to learn to play as it is… when you start throwing range, endurance, improvisation, etc. into the mix, now you’re compounding the issue.

To hear a MASTER of improvisation talk about his frustrations during his journey is not only comforting, but it’s also motivating!  Ed is a GREAT teacher, a wonderful human being, and a jazz icon!  If you have the chance to see him play live, DO IT!  And take the time to approach him afterward to talk with him.

Enjoy a video from 2012 and a performance I was a part of with Ed…


“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the

successful one is a lot of hard work.” 

            – Stephen King

Have a GREAT week!