Weekly Trumpet Tips 8/22/10

The Shadow

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Here are your weekly Tips!

Try This – No REALLY!!!

One of the biggest problems trumpet players often face is “over” playing.  It causes pre-mature fatigue, blown out (aired out) upper register, missed notes, pinching, and complete frustration!

Okay – so here’s what I’d like you to try.  Find a large room – preferably one that is relatively dead and doesn’t offer a ton of reverb like a garage or an uncarpeted basement.  Get a portable recording device and set it at the far end of the room.  Walk to the exact opposite end of the room and play at what you feel is a softer volume in the upper register (G on top of the staff on up).  I think you’ll be amazed at what you hear!  Your volume is louder and more focussed than what we perceive behind the horn.

Your sound will travel further out.  I think what we look for is “hearing” how loud we are vs. trusting that our sound is projecting!

Where is your jaw?

One of the biggest things that has helped me increase and stabilize my range and endurance in the upper register is pulling my jaw back as I have an overbite.  I’ve listened to and read a lot of the hype or double talk that’s out there about using more of your body and filling up like an inner tube, etc.  Breathing IS important, and air power is the only power that makes our horn go – BUT!  Your mouth, chops, and connection to the horn have to be conducive to fast air.

Imagine this – your pushing on your air like mad – your mouth cavity is wide open.  What you’ve just done is given the air a nice big room to slow down in.  Why not pull your jaw back (this keeps the teeth apart) and allow your mouth cavity to narrow down to a channel.  By raising your jaw slightly, you can maintain and even increase the airspeed without having to use excessive force!

More to come on this in the coming weeks!  I’ll be posting some videos…

Our new book is nearly written!  I’m just waiting on two more interviews to be completed and a quick check by my guru!  Get ready… get set…

“Successful people form the habit of doing what failures don’t like to do. They like the results they get by doing what they don’t necessarily enjoy.”

Earl Nightingale
1921-1989, Author and Syndicated Radio Personality

Have a GREAT week!