Weekly Trumpet Tips 4/26/11

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Exercise Attachment and Video!

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Tip #2 – What is Perfect?

Most people will agree that there truly is no such thing as “perfect.”  Yet, many players and critics alike try to compare themselves and their subjects to this idealistic notion that a cracked, missed, airy, split, or out of tune note is less than perfect.  Granted – if you play too many in that manner, there may be an issue that needs to be practiced.  But NO ONE is perfect!  And if they sound as though they are, either understand that it’s studio magic or take off the rose colored glasses.  🙂

Listening to Miles Davis this week, I realized that a lot of what was going on in his playing was just spur of the moment things… cracking notes, splitting a high note, etc.  all became the essence of Miles.  I was also listening to a recording from 1954 called “Jam Session” that included Clifford Brown, a YOUNG Maynard Ferguson, and Clark Terry.  There is a point in Clifford’s solo on “Move” that he starts to run out of gas… but it doesn’t matter.  He’s Clifford!

Keep in mind that we all make mistakes, and we should allow for them from time to time.  Just as I had written about last week, and in past tips, sometimes an error can turn into a beautiful thing – if you don’t let it crash you mentally!!!

“The future is open; we decide what’s in it.”

Wolfgang Sonnenburg
Founder of Winspiration Day

Have a GREAT week!