Weekly Trumpet Tips 7/26/11

The Shadow

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – It’s Tough To Learn When…

Now that we’re back from our road trip and settled back into Austin, I’d have to say that I personally feel re-energized.  When you’re learning / honing / improving an art form, it can feel like an overwhelming or daunting task.  The art-form that we love so dearly (music / trumpet playing) can become a very mundane and arduous task at times.  I never took a day off while on the road (and I still hate practice mutes), but I didn’t practice as much… I did maintenance type drills to keep fresh.  But my mind was what needed the break the most!

If you’re feeling burned out or overly frustrated, take a break!  Find some sort of distraction – allow yourself to practice less for a week or so.  I’m not saying DON’T practice – but rather take a mental break and relieve some of the pressures.

Tip #2 – More on Finesse & Reverence!

That tip from Arturo Sandoval last week REALLY stuck with me… and I’ve been doing everything I can to play with more finesse and with more reverence!  TONIGHT I had a big band gig at the local jazz club (playing lead) and I really wanted to do as much as I could with the dynamics – not just the high stuff.  Afterward, I was told that it was nice to hear a lead player play with dynamics and style.  I really focussed on the smallest details (when not forced to sight-read the book).  In your own playing – whether it be with a band or for your own personal playing, try really working in the dynamics.  Make EVERY note count!  Start with something simple – challenge yourself to make it as musical as possible.

Arturo is one of the best that there is (in my humble opinion).  And it was VERY interesting for him to tell me again that he tells players that they are coming to the wrong guy when it comes to high notes and improvisation.  As unbelievable as that may be, I understand where he’s coming from.  He is a master that worked EXTREMELY hard as a young player.  Hearing his story about when he was a boy was inspiring… as he put it, he was ALWAYS practicing… Showing up for rehearsals 2 and 3 hours early to practice, and staying afterward to practice.

More on this story – next week!

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.”

Orison Swett Marden
1850-1924, Author

Have a GREAT week!