Weekly Trumpet Tips 6/20/10

The Shadow

Welcome To Weekly Trumpet Tips

Help us name our newest book that will be out in August!

We’ve gotten a great response with some GREAT names so far… put your ideas in the hat!

A little about the book: Trumpet players tend to not see playing related in any way to a physical workout / sport.  So we’ve been meeting with personal trainers, doctors, etc. to find out the similarities in muscle response and conditioning – all to help YOU become a better player physically!  This is not something that I’ve seen personally in great detail and had a lot of mystery surrounding this topic in my own mind.

What we need: A Title that is both catchy and professional…

What you get: The winner will receive a free copy of the book AND a Trumpet Resources ball cap!

See contest rules HERE!

Here are your weekly tips!

Tip #1 – Passion is the driving Force

I’ve been reading (through a little nudging by my wife) a book called “The Passion Test.”  Upon first looking at it, I thought it would be a romance novel… quite the contrary!  In a nutshell this book is designed to help people discover their passions in life.  One particular interview caught my attention because the subject being interviewed; Dr. Denis Waitley hit the nail on the head time and time again – like he were writing about me in some instances.  He’s worked extensively with Olympic athletes, POW’s, and Super Bowl Champions, just to name a few groups.

Here are 2 highlights that I want you to read – these are quotes directly from the book.

1) First, I’ll have to say people need to understand it’s never too late to discover your passion, and most multimillionaires are made after the age of 50.

2) As you think about the things you love to do in your off hours, or the things you loved to do as a child, therein will lie your “natural talents.”  Natural talents begin to blossom early, but they get nipped in the bud by what I call “the parent, the peer group, and the professor” who tell us we should be concentrating on something like computers that will earn us money, instead of this crazy passion of ours, and the talent in that passion which may be the key to riches untold!  I think hobbies are normally the best examples of talents, and childhood talents and hobbies will give us a combination of blending talent and passion together.

The reason I’m highlighting these 2 statements is because it’s important for ALL players to understand that little more is needed beyond your passion for playing, to become what you really want to be.  Passion will drive your desire and determination, which will inevitably drive your growth through practice.  Age has NO bearing!

Tip #2 – Patience!

One of the things that I don’t think could EVER be over stated, is that all things worth while require time and patience.  One of THE most common questions that I get as an instructor is, “will I be able to have a G over High C by X date?”  The first thing to understand is that ANYONE CAN achieve the range they desire… but you have to be willing to be; A: patient B: devoted C: willing to practice intelligently!!!  None of the highlighted points are any more important than the other, and the goal will not be reached efficiently without any one single component in the mix!

“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

Debbi Fields
Founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies

Have a GREAT week!