Weekly Trumpet Tips 5/17/11

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Cardio Exercise to Boost Endurance!

I’m not sure how many of you are into exercise such as running, walking, hiking, biking, swimming, etc. but I wanted to mention the difference that I am feeling between doing cardio related exercises and not.

I have never been a serious “gym rat” – at least not up until last year when I started working out on a regular basis.  I’ve since been going weekly (between 1 and 5 times per week) and do feel a difference physically.  But what I wanted to write about this week has more to do with the cardiovascular side of things rather than the pumping iron side (“Pumpn’ Arn” – as they say here).

I fell off the cardio wagon about 4 weeks ago, and only recently climbed back aboard… in the last week of doing more cardio exercise, I’ve noticed an improvement on the playing side of things.  Interestingly enough – it has more to do with the endurance (long haul) side of things as well as not getting dizzy or light headed upon playing the first “above High C” notes than it does anything else.

So this week’s first tip is to get out this summer and do more cardio type exercising… spending 30 minutes per session 3 times per week will really help the subtle little components of playing… and your heart will certainly thank you!!!

Tip #2 – Studio Session – Recordings DON’T Lie!

I spent the entire day last week Monday in the studio with a local group here cutting our debut CD… I’ve done other studio things in the passed (including cutting my own CD in 2002).  But never have any of the sessions I’ve done lasted 8 hours straight!  I was amazed as to A: how exhausting that is!  B: how much it improves your listening / section playing!

The horn section that I recorded with, I work quite a bit with outside this particular group… so on shows this past week, we were extremely tight – entrances, releases, dynamic swells, tuning, etc.  Everything improved 100%!

As much as this doesn’t come as a surprise to most that are reading this – here is this week’s tip… with as many recording devices that are at our finger tips these days, you don’t have to go into a studio to record and improve!  Spend an entire practice session recording yourself!  Take one particular difficult passage, song, solo, etc. and record it… keep going back over it until you’re happy with the results!  If you have the ability to save all of the “takes,” do so.  You’ll actually hear the improvement from first pass to last pass – and it’s not only very gratifying, but it’s extremely EYE opening!  More reasons to focus your thoughts and your mind BEFORE you start playing!

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.”

Norman Vincent Peale
1898-1993, Author of The Power of Positive Thinking


Have a GREAT week!