Weekly Trumpet Tips 5/3/11

The Shadow

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Simulating a Gig in Practice

One of the biggest things that trumpet players are faced with quite often is how to properly prepare physically for a demanding show.  Practicing the music is one aspect – but what about the length of time you must perform?  One way is to run the show complete with rests, etc. This takes time and can become tedious unless you have the recordings to play along with and at times just isn’t practical.

When you’re performing with an electronic band (microphones, amplified instruments, etc.) it’s important to remember (especially early on in the show) to pace yourself.  By not over playing, and allowing the sound man to project your sound.  But if you’re looking to simulate gig conditions, I would suggest trying something interesting as a test.  Put ear plugs in – and play some of your more demanding music.  What you may find is that we tend to over play when our sound is not predominant in our mix (what we hear).  This has been a good way to learn to not over blow…

Tip #2 – Day’s Off vs. 20 Minutes of Pedal Tones!

Everyone responds differently when it comes to the physical playing of our instrument of choice.  For some, a day off is a great thing after heavy amounts of playing.  I am not one of those that has a good response upon returning to the horn the day after my day off.  So what I’ve discovered for myself is that if I take my day off and play for about 20 minutes – starting with my pedal tone exercise, and move into flexibility exercises.  After 20 minutes – I’m done for the remainder of the day.  The following day, things feel much more focussed and less sketchy…

What works best for you?  We’re interested to hear what helps you recover from heavy playing!!!

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