Weekly Trumpet Tips 7/14/15

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(1) Warming Up = Avoiding Stiffness

(2) Broken Web Page Special

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Tip #1 – Warming Up = Avoiding Stiffness

A great many trumpet players that I run into and have taught through the years, don’t really understand the purpose of a warm up.  Some people feel that you have to have a “set routine” for your warm up, and while that may work for some I think it’s flawed on a grand scale because it doesn’t allow for varying conditions a player can (and does) experience!

For instance, I played Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday night… I did NOT need the same thing in my warm up Thursday as I did Saturday… meaning, my warm up is designed to get the lips back to a “willing” point to vibrate.  So Thursday I was not as stiff (from playing) as I was Saturday.  I modify my warm up to suit how my lips feel and if my tone is full or thin, cracking or airy.  I would suggest that you watch this warm up master class by Arturo Sandoval if you’ve not yet had the opportunity to view it yet.  His insights are simple and genius… who can argue with the master?

Arturo Sandoval Master Class Video #1 – The Warm UpArturo Sandoval Master Class Video #1 – The Warm Up

Posted by Paul The Trombonist on Saturday, July 11, 2015

Tip #2 – Broken Web Page Special!

Okay… so this isn’t a tip, per-se as much as it is an apology and a special on the new course.  Apparently, the Trumpet Resources site is having some issues with outdated plugins and software that I’ve neglected to update and therefore caused issues for some folks to be able to access or even purchase the new course.


The new course is a 6 week video course and a lifetime access membership once purchased for $179.00.  For the next 10 days (until July 23rd, 2015) I am going to offer the course to anyone who may want to purchase it for $100.00 vs. $179.00.

So if you’d like to take advantage of this 10 day off on the course, just hit the “Buy Now” button.  I’ll in turn send you a password that allows you to access the page and the course.

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Tip #2 1/2 – Smaller (Diameter) Mouthpieces

I’ve written about this in the past but it always baffles me as to how many of my fellow trumpet players and trumpet teachers are deathly against a small diameter mouthpiece.  Many fall into the mindset that it will damage your tone, kill flexibility, cause tuning issues, etc.  The list of “reasons” I’ve heard is pretty darn long.

What I’ve found for myself though is this – quite simply put – you have to learn to play more relaxed and proficiently.  What a 3C will allow you to get away with (largely lip movement inside the cup) the smaller diameter will cause a stuffy feeling or a complete shut off, sound wise.

What we don’t realize is that lip movement and tension are the total enemies here!  That’s what makes you fatigue and get tired… that’s also the reasoning for your range cap!  I’m not suggesting everyone run out and buy a small cup diameter, I’m merely saying that if you’re in the market and ready to make a change, don’t turn away from changing that aspect of the mouthpiece.  It may be just the answer you’re looking for.

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great!”

Orison Swett Marden
1850-1924, Inspirational Writer

Have a GREAT week!