Weekly Trumpet Tips 5/22/12

The Shadow

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – How Soft Can You Play High?

One of the little tricks I’ve been using as of late to help my students overcome range issues, is to have them play an upper register note that they are already comfortable with softly.  The softer the better!

It dawned on me that as we start to play into the upper register, we tend to ramp up tension, air, adrenaline, fear, anxiety, and everything else that goes along with being sub-conciously freaked out.  By playing softer in the upper register, it seems that I (personally) relaxed and didn’t “try” so hard.  The more I got a taste for the upper register notes and started to play them with more ease, the quicker I was able to add volume.

As my Grandpa would say – “You’re putting the cart before the horse!”  And that’s exactly what we do when we start to try and play upper register notes with full volume and no control.  Develop control, comfort, and tone color… the time spent will be cut down significantly compared to the frustrating time you’ll spend banging against that wall of fear over and over!

Tip #2 – An Old Dog CAN Learn New Tricks!

This is one of those old tales that really kinda gets my dander up!  I’ve heard this pretty much all my life, and feel as though I am living proof that NOTHING can be further from the truth!  Most of what we believe is what we will achieve (or not).  If you believe you’re too old, too young, not smart enough, not talented enough, etc. then you will essentially MAKE that your reality!  And the same is true for the opposite.  If you believe that you CAN do something, you will eventually achieve it!

Approach your learning and improvement from the standpoint of baby steps daily!  Every thousand mile journey starts with the first step forward.  Don’t get discouraged and stop.  The only road to failure is to quit or give up…

“When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.”

Estee Lauder
1906-2004, Entrepreneur

Have a GREAT week!

Sincerely,

Keith