Weekly Trumpet Tips 5/10/11

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – A Student of Music For Life!:

The past couple of weeks have been very busy musically and this week is no exception.  During the extremely busy times, I am faced with challenges due to the amount of playing being done and the lack of practicing I am able to get in…

I had the opportunity to ride home from a Houston show with my bass player whom I’ve had difficulty understanding in the past.  He’s an EXTREMELY passionate person about music and sometimes so much so that he gained a reputation…  “jerk.”  This ride home gave me great insight into his thinking and I wanted to pass on something that really hit home for me because I believe this is true as well.

We were talking about commitment to our craft and how if you really want to be great, you should be a student of music for life.  Meaning – taking lessons, constantly listening, stretching, and taking chances in solo situations (improvisationally).  In other words – never stop learning!  Keep seeking to hone your craft… we’re never too old to learn something new.

Tip #2 – Critical Listening Skills!

As a musician, do you find it hard to go and listen to local performers?  There are times I drive my wife nuts (I’m sure) because of the way I’ve learned to listen to music.  If you talk to a non-musician, they most likely won’t pick up on the same things that a practicing musician will – and not just “mistakes.”  Average listeners hear the overall picture, but they don’t necessarily hear the intricacies that we’ve learned to pick out.  Ever talk to someone about a song who’s response was “there was a trumpet on that song?”

This weeks tip is to practice listening… listen to the stylistic approach, the phrasing, their dynamic choices, articulation choices, rhythmic usage.  Especially while that player is soloing… you’ll find that it will enhance your own playing because you start to tune into other things going on in the music and just might make better choices for your own style, dynamics, articulation, etc.

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.”

Dolly Parton


Have a GREAT week!