Weekly Trumpet Tips 6/6/10

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here is this week’s tips!

Tip #1 – Strength Training For Endurance!

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about how building up your endurance will actually enhance your range.  This week will tie in nicely to that process on how to do it properly and address the “what” will actually be the most affective approach.

When working endurance, I am looking to play for as long as I possibly can (minutes) without removing the horn from my face.  If you’ve had a lesson with me in the past month or so, we’ve addressed this (so please forgive the redundancy).  I personally like using the Amsden’s Celebrated Duets book available though our bookstore.  I am not looking for range on the exercises, so the exercises I use are early in the book – not very demanding.

When you push to the point of being sore or tired and can’t go any further, what you’ve done is caused what body builders and athletes refer to as micro-injuries.  NOT injuries in a negative way that we tend to think of… but rather positive injuries because these are what will provoke the body to repair the micro-injury and build it up beyond what it was before the exercise.

Muscle growth requires protein intake to assist the body in providing food energy (or fuel).  Full recovery time will be individual and depends largely on what type of condition your facial muscles are in currently, as well as how much you “feed” your muscles after doing this exercise, but plan on 1 to 3 days for full recovery.  Another reason I advocate heavy days / light days.

Tip #2 – Work Your Fundamentals!

As we start to get more comfortable with certain playing abilities and get deeper into improvisation, lead work, classical playing, etc. we can start to become “tunnel visioned” with what we really enjoy doing.  Not only is this common, but it’s also something that should be kept in mind as we set up our practice regiments.

Personally, I have extended my “warm up” process to include aspects of my playing that I rarely use in my professional playing – such as multiple tonguing and classical styling.  I am not an orchestral trumpet player, but I don’t want to lose that ability to play within that style.  To remain a working musician, you have to have the ability to wear any and all hats that may be passed your way.  By passing up a classical gig, you could be passing up another avenue for making money.  Conversely, you don’t want to struggle with aspects of playing (multiple tonguing) if you accept one of those jobs after not doing a certain playing characteristic for months or even years.

“Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.”

— Jim Ryun: Former track athlete and politician

Have a GREAT week!


Keith Fiala