Weekly Trumpet Tips 6/26/12

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:



Tip #1 – Video Tip… Enjoy!




Tip #2 – PLAY!  Don’t Follow…

I had a really nice breakfast with one of my absolute favorite drummers, Norm Bergeron, here in town last week, and we were discussing small group playing, lead playing, drummers, pianists, etc.  What Norm said was so profound I just had to use it (crediting him of course).

In the course of our discussion, we were talking about how as musicians we’re really supposed to “play” together – not lean on the other musicians for what we haven’t worked on in our own practice.  For instance – as a horn player, if you have practiced with a metronome and can hold a steady feel and play with good time, you become less reliant on the drummer to do it for you (keep you in line so to speak).  Also as a horn player, if you’ve worked out the chord progressions and can follow them, you won’t “rely” on the piano / guitar / bass to hold you in the chord changes.

As Nick Mondello, Carl Fischer, and now Norm Bergeron (no relation to Wayne by the way) have told me in the past, be your own rhythm section!

Tip #2 today is to practice melodies, solos, and essentially EVERYTHING with nothing more than a metronome!  Hold your own feet to the fire (for lack of a better term) and try to stay with the chord changes, time, etc. using good feel.  When you finally DO get with a rhythm section, you’ll find that you have freedom enough to become creative!

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

James Baldwin
1924-1987, Novelist, Playwright and Poet

Have a GREAT week!