Weekly Trumpet Tips 7/19/11

The Shadow

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Arturo’s Tip to ALL Players!

Here’s your surprise tip!  I promised last week that I would have something special, and this is MORE than special!!!  A tip from the trumpeting GOD Arturo Sandoval himself!


I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a couple of hours with Arturo Sandoval this past week, and in discussing trumpet playing, practicing, mastery, etc. he told me a story of his lesson with Uan Rasey… Arturo said that they spent his first lesson working on the very first line in the Schlossberg book.  Arturo said that Uan used two words that burned into his memory!  Finesse and Reverence!!!  Each and every note played should be done so with these two characteristics!!!  He used a simple Arban’s exercise as an example – stating that if you had to record the entire piece, but the producer decides that he wants to use 4 notes, each and every note needs to be PERFECT!  Finesse & Reverence!!!

L.A. 2011

Keith & Arturo










Tip #2 – Dedication & Devotion to Your Craft!

Anna and I were in a vineyard today in Sonoma County called “Castello Di Amorosa” (Castle of Love).  The story of the owner was unbelievable!!  In the mid 1970’s, he decided that he wanted to open his own vineyard – borrowing $5,000.00 he had what could be known as a VERY humble beginning.  By 1993, he began construction on the actual castle!  Using old world techniques to ensure realistic craftsmanship, he completed  a 121,000 square foot castle of medieval Italy!  He had a close friend that was telling him that there were too many winery’s in the valley already and that it would be a foolish proposition.  His foolish proposition was completely built by winery sales!!!  The cost to build the castle?  Estimated at between $35 and $40 Million dollars!

So how does this relate to trumpet playing?  If you TRULY believe in your craft, and take absolute pride, care, and devote yourself – ANYTHING is possible!!!

“You never know what you can do until you have to do it.”

Betty Ford
1918-2011, Former First Lady and Founder of the Betty Ford Center

Have a GREAT week!