Weekly Trumpet Tips 3/8/11

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

“About Face” is out and available!!!  All the waiting, struggle, and energy was WELL worth it!  I’m very pleased with how the book turned out and know you will be too!  About Face is ALSO now available in E-Book download and Amazon Kindle form!

It’s available HERE!!! (Click on image to see full size)

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Here are your weekly Tips!

Tip #1 – Become a GREAT Learner at ANY Age!

Here is something that I feel will really help everyone who reads this.  It deals with our learning, our fears, and how our fear and state of mind can affect how quickly or well we learn.  Written by Dr. Robert Anthony…

The ability and willingness to be teachable is an important aspect of the higher Levels of Awareness. At the Victim and Struggle Level, there is a lot of resistance to being told anything by anybody.  There is a tendency to respond with “I know that” or “I read that, already!” Both of those statements are clues of defensiveness. In addition, having read or heard a concept does not mean you are actually practicing that action on a daily basis.

Being teachable means that you must start out with a “beginner mind set” and a humble attitude. How easy is it for you to admit that you don’t know something?  How often do you pretend or exaggerate what you really know? Can you be humble without feeling vulnerable?

We are all students of life. How often have you heard or read something many times and finally one day you hear it in a new and different way and finally it sinks in? We are never too old to learn. Current longevity studies show that the more we are committed to curiosity and learning, the longer we will live.

Today look at the world with beginner eyes and at the end of the day spend a few moments reflecting on what you saw and what you
learned.

Tip #2 – More on Aperture Movement & Stiffness!

The more I do with my “home-made” flexibility exercises, the more I understand how stiffness in the aperture is the absolute enemy when it comes to range, flexibility, endurance, tone, and actual physical problems.

For years, I would cut my upper lip on the right corner and NEVER understand fully, why!  Blaming the mouthpiece, dry air, humidity, and everything that I could grasp but NEVER fully grab the answer as to what was causing me to cut.

Now, keep in mind that I’ve been working extremely hard for the past year on defeating this tension / stiffness thing.  Just last night (Saturday March 5) I had a 3 hour show with a 20 minute break between 2 sets.  We were a human juke-box (essentially).  By the end of the night both the Trombone player and I were shot… but I was NOT cut!  In years past, I’d be nursing a torn up lip as I’m typing… but this time I’m sipping coffee comfortably!

My BEST advice for you is to continually work to play as relaxed in the aperture area as possible.  Avoid letting the lips / aperture tense up as you ascend.  Keep your aperture set small, and use the air speed!

“We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully
engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and
comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else
in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.”

— Earl Nightingale: Was a motivational speaker and author

 

Have a GREAT week!

Sincerely,

Keith