Weekly Trumpet Tips 8/12/14

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips: Please always feel free to respond / comment on any of the tips listed in these weekly posts. Your input may help clarify details for someone else! Do you enjoy the Weekly Tips?  Please help support this site by donating here…


        Check out About Face HERE!!! Check out Secrets to Efficient Brass Playing HERE!!! A NEW Week 1 & 2 for the Jazz Improv course has been added… subscribers, please visit the course page to see this new addition.  A new week 3 & 4 will soon be posted as well… These courses are designed to be 4 weeks worth of lessons to help the student gain insights and skills in each specific area. Keith is available for clinics and as a guest artist!! Please go to our “Clinics” page for details!

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(Physical CD’s Available HERE)

Tip #1 – Record Yourself Often! This can be one of the more painful tasks that will inspire improvement in your playing… whether that be in classical, jazz, improvisation, or just playing exercises out of one of the mandatory books (Clarke, Schlossberg, Arban, etc). When I say painful, I mean that it can be difficult for us to sit and listen back to what we’ve just played, at least it is for me because I don’t like sounding bad.  I hear recordings of my heroes and want to automatically sound just like them… but that doesn’t happen.  But this gives you an idea of what your style, articulation, dynamics, and your approach to any given material truly sounds like for a listener.  And then by having the satisfaction of erasing any previous tracks that are not up to what you want to hear and rerecording is great. So your first tip for this week – spend 30 minutes or more recording yourself.  It DOES NOT have to be everyday, but a few times a week will inspire growth in your playing… Tip #2 – Video Tip


“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain – he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem – he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.”

William Arthur Ward 1921-1994, Author

Have a GREAT week!