Weekly Trumpet Tips 8/23/11

The Shadow

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Practice – How Much is Too Much?

Is that even possible?  YES!  OVER PLAYING / practicing is very common amongst trumpet players trying desperately to advance their skill level.

In the past I’ve suggested heavy day / light day – which is what I do.  But what we must all remember is that EVERYONE is completely unique.  One person may have a higher tolerance threshold for long practice days.  I can honestly say that in many cases, younger players will be able to play longer before the point of fatigue.  Now that doesn’t mean that they won’t run out of gas on a show, but what it does mean is that they can tend to practice longer before their muscles cave in.

I think it’s extremely important to remember that listening to music is vital to what we do – if you’re listening properly.  Practice doesn’t have to be “horn to face” all of the time.  It can be “horn in hand” working on the fingers, timing, execution, etc.  And it can be relaxing and focussing on music – as long as you’re not “passively” listening.  You have to focus on what’s being played / said…

Tip #2 – Weather Changes & Chops

As we get into the end of summer, for most of the U.S. the temps are starting to cool down a bit.  As we progress into Fall, and the temps continue to stay cooler, the humidity levels will change, etc.  So it’s very important to remember that your chops are susceptible to those changes in the climate and moisture levels.

Keeping your hydration level up is important at any point of the year, but as the humidity falls, it’s important to keep the chops moist on the outer layer so that you don’t end up with chapped, dry, or irritated chops.  Nothing (well, almost) can be worse than irritated chops… leads to an irritated player!  I personally use “Egyptian Magic” available at Whole Foods and a few other Health related stores… but I’ve also heard excellent things about “Chop Saver” and other products.

What do you use?  What is it that you like about it?

“Setbacks and stressors are bridges to be crossed to our goals… not barricades to keep us from them.”

Stephen Pierce
Speaker and Author

Have a GREAT week!