Weekly Trumpet Tips 6/9/15

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Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

(1) Mouthpiece Gap

(2) Practice Alternatives

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Tip #1 – Mouthpiece Gap Discussion


Tip #2 – Practice Alternatives – 

I am finding myself in situations where I need to practice and maintain my growth, but physically playing would only prolong fatigue, cause problems for upcoming shows, etc.

When I find myself in that “trumpeters dilemma” of not being able to “play” and practice, I’ll do several other things to help enhance, work on or correct issues musically.

One of the first things I’ll do is sit down at the piano (as limited as I am in this area) and play through chord changes on tunes I’m working on.  I’ll play them with varying chord voicing… full on 1, 3, 5, 7 and then break them down and play them as outline chords (3, 7, 9) or as shells… Root and 5th.  This helps develop my ears as well as memorize chord progressions.

The second thing I’ll do is sit down with my Sandovalves or my horn and work the valves with a metronome.  This allows the fingers and my brain to connect… I find that typically if I can nail the fingerings in a rhythmic manner, then I can play them in the same way.

Again – these are “alternatives” to physically playing so that you can continue to let the chops rest in those instances where you need to do just that.  During heavy playing schedules, or while traveling and you can’t get to the actual horn.

Next week we’ll discuss the opposite side to this problem… not getting to play enough!

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Have a GREAT week!