Weekly Trumpet Tips 4/9/13

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

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Tip #1 – Multiple Playing Days in A Row!

This past weekend was the annual Temple Jazz Festival… this year we hosted Eric Marienthal with the Temple Jazz Festival and it was a SCREAMIN’ show!  Rehearsal Friday night, show Saturday night, and again on Sunday afternoon.  TONS of fun, but the ch0ps don’t have a lot of time to recover from the previous days beating.

One of the best tools I’ve learned is to be EXTREMELY patient with my warm up.  Fortunately I wasn’t too swollen, but I was feeling it a bit Sunday morning.  So, what did I do to help recovery?  Simple… I played EXTREMELY soft – starting on Low C.  I started the note with just air, and worked my way down chromatically to Low F#… each time I would air out, I would just stop and wait for a few minutes (best to do this with a cup of coffee and in front of the TV).

This is a TRUE test of patience!  It was at least an hour before I was able to start notes and not lose them seconds in.  But by the time it  was time to go shower and get ready to hit the road, my chops felt MUCH better.  I was able to get notes to respond with little effort, making the upper register MUCH more responsive.

I don’t always do this warm up… I gauge what I will do with how I’m feeling and what kind of demands will be on my playing, but warming up is critical and must NOT be rushed!

Tip #2 – Consistency is the Path to Improvement!

The next time you are in the midst of talking yourself out of opening your case and practicing – remind yourself that skipping one day is another day lost!  If you’re really tired from a hard day / week, then select one or two things to work on.  Scales, arpeggio’s, pedal tones, minor scales, etc.  Practicing doesn’t have to be rocket science, and it doesn’t have to eat up 20 hours of your day.

Remember – just the effort of getting your horn out and playing for 5 minutes, establishes a new mindset that you will not give up or give in.  There is no magic formula that will suddenly make you play like Arturo Sandoval or Maurice Andre… if there was, they wouldn’t be who they are / were.

Establish a good practice habit, and you will be much further down the road for it!

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

Dale Carnegie
1888-1955, Author and Speaker

Have a GREAT week!