Weekly Trumpet Tips 4/12/11

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Sometimes What Feels Like a HUGE Issue Requires a Small Tweak!

So many of the problems, issues, and challenges we face as trumpet players can feel like Mount Everest, when in fact, it is usually a little tweak to our approach or our thinking that will fix something for good.

With range, endurance, tone, and control I discovered that by simply doing 2 things, I improved rapidly over the grand scheme of things.  Bear in mind, rapidly does not mean over night or in a week… it simply means that I saw steady progress over time.

Those 2 things were:

1: Find a mouthpiece diameter that was right for ME!  Based on my physical lip structure, comfort, style of playing, etc.  Vs. going with a mouthpiece because a band instructor or peer told me it was the best one.

2: Stop moving the aperture to pinch the airstream – but rather push the air and “hold” the lips in place as the air speed increases.

Over all, these were very simple answers to what felt like a MASSIVE problem that plagued me literally for YEARS!

Tip #2 – NEVER Let Anyone Else Tell You “You Can’t Do That!”

Looking back, one of the most frustrating things in my past was having people in my life that were telling me “you can’t do that,” “that’s hard,” “those skills are only for the naturals,” etc.  But I think what frustrates me the most is that I chose to listen and believe them.  After all, they were adults, other musicians, guardians, more “experienced” musicians, etc.  So they should know.

Asking someone who makes $50,000.00 per year if it’s difficult to become a millionaire, you’re going to get a negative answer most likely… because you’re faced with their opinions, experiences, and other fears that have prevented them from thinking “I can too.”

Determination, commitment, passion, and a “never give up” attitude is what it really takes.  Believing that you can, and having a positive support team is mandatory.  Any sales manager or successful business person will agree that your thoughts (positive or negative) will help or hinder you.

NEVER give up!!!

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

Leon Suenens
1904-1996, Clergyman

Have a GREAT week!