Weekly Trumpet Tips 4/8/14

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

Please always feel free to respond / comment on any of the tips listed in these weekly posts. Your input may help clarify details for someone else!

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A NEW Week 1 & 2 for the Jazz Improv course has been added… subscribers, please visit the course page to see this new addition.  A new week 3 & 4 will soon be posted as well…

These courses are designed to be 4 weeks worth of lessons to help the student gain insights and skills in each specific area.

Keith is available for clinics and as a guest artist!! Please go to our “Clinics” page for details!

Keith’s new CD is available on iTunes! Click on the photo below!


(Physical CD’s Available HERE)

Tip #1 – Progress Isn’t Always Rewarded…

Sorry for the title of this tip sounding dark, but quite often human beings want and need to be recognized in some form by family, friends, loved ones and peers.  Whether it be a new car, learning a new skill, getting good grades, or telling a funny joke… without some form of recognition, we can create a world of self-doubt.

With music and trumpet playing, we can’t always expect to receive a shower of compliments, recognition or “love” as it were.  I’ve seen this with my own growth… working on something that’s extraordinarily scary, difficult and taking smaller than baby steps in progress for months and months, we tend to start to doubt we’re making progress at all – even if practicing a certain thing is getting slightly easier.  Then one day you’ll do something / play something and it will catch folks completely off guard.

The biggest lesson for me personally, and Tip #1 for you is to trust in the process that you’re going through.  There is no time frame on learning, there is no fast or slow… there is only your personal growth / process.  The old saying, “The journey of 1000 miles has to begin with the first step taken, and will only be completed through tenacity.”

Tip #2 – Video on Whisper Tones… Enjoy


“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent,

but the one most responsive to change.”

— Charles Darwin: English naturalist and geologist

Have a GREAT week!