Weekly Trumpet Tips 3/6/12

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tip’s:

Tip #1 – Listen to the Chops!

This past weekend was a nice and busy one… I played a show on Saturday and a wedding reception on Sunday.  Saturday, I did my usual “smart” warm up – pedal tones, Clarke #1 & #2, triple tonguing, etc. over the course of about 3 hours.  Stuff I do DAILY!  By the time I got to the gig, I “thought” I was feeling great.  By 2nd set, I was missing G’s above high C.

Ready for the strange part?

Sunday I was NOT a happy camper – so I did a couple of pedals tones, and then basically did middle register and then upper register playing up to D / E above Double C.  I put the horn back in the case and went to the gig… great chops ALL NIGHT!

As confusing as this is to someone who is cautious about their warm up (me), I’ve decided that there are those days that you just don’t have to warm up as much as others… I can’t explain why I experienced what I did but it raised a pretty good point (for at least me) – I gauge my routine on the physical condition of my chops.  If I’m beaten to a pulp, I probably would NOT do the latter… but – on the rare occasions where the chops are working out of the gate, I don’t hesitate to abbreviate my warm up.

Tip #2 – YOUR Best Playing Day / Performance – 

We want to hear from you… tell us about your best performance or practice day!  Why?  Because in most cases as performers, we hold ourselves to that level of standard!  It’s important (I believe) to identify what made that particular performance your best in your opinion and learn how you can reach the level to where it’s the norm, not the exception!

Conversely, we can also keep reliving negative or bad sessions too that will ultimately haunt us and keep us from growing!  So let’s hear what you’ve accomplished and build a positive jumping “UP” point!

“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”

Napoleon Hill
1883-1970, Author of Think and Grow Rich

Have a GREAT week!