Weekly Trumpet Tips 6/12/12

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Warming Up is NOT Practicing!  Unless…

It’s a common thing to hear many teachers say that “warming up is not practicing.”  And honestly, they’re right… but if you’re on a limited budget of time, you can incorporate efficient practice with your warm up process.

For instance – you only have a maximum of 2 hours to practice each day, so instead of trying to cram 5 or 6 things into 2 hours, focus on no more than 2 or 3 things MAX!  Ideally, work Clarke study #1 and #2 with a metronome and build your dexterity and speed.  Incorporate single, double and triple tongue where applicable.  By doing this 2 days and laying off upper register playing, you can take the 3rd day and work in the upper register.  But do THAT EXTREMELY soft!

By having a well laid plan, you can make your practice time more efficient and actually GAIN!

Tip #2 – But It’s Summer & I Don’t Have Time To Practice!

It never ceases to humor me when I hear students complain about having to practice over the summer.  In fact, I had a parent ask me how long their soon to be 8th grader should be practicing each day over the summer.  My answer was “At LEAST an hour!”  BOTH nearly fell over from shock!

Think of practicing this way:

There are 24 hours in a day… that means that we have 1,440 minutes EACH and EVERY day!  So let’s break this down…

Most people spend 8 hours sleeping, but let’s be generous and say 10 hours.  That’s 600 minutes.

Let’s say we spend 2 hours “eating,” strange, but okay… that’s 120 minutes.

Summer job – okay – ambitious, but we’ll say 8 hours of work.  Another 480 minutes out of the day.

So with the original 1,440 minutes  and subtracting out 600, 120, and 480, that equals a total of 240 minutes remaining in the day.  That’s 4 hours PER day to be able to practice!  So where’s the excuse that you don’t have time now?  🙂

“If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence.”

Richard DeVos
Co-founder of Amway

Have a GREAT week (of practicing)!