Weekly Trumpet Tips 8/3/14

The Shadow

The Shadow

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Tip #1 – Video

This video will be available through Friday (8/8/14) only!

One side note that I forgot to mention in my video… I lift my chin as I ascend into the upper register to allow my mouth cavity to close… you’ll see my chin lifting in the second playing example – this is NOT the same thing as tightening my lips as in the first example.  Hence – no “mouth” movement.

Enjoy this video, and please let me know if you have questions.


Tip #2 – Mindless Practice Is A Wasted Practice!

There are countless studies that have been done on learning, becoming an expert, etc. that talks about 10,000 hours of practicing being required before one can reach that high level.  But I think there is much more than just the physical act of playing our instrument that is required to become good / great.  Mindless practicing will rarely get you anywhere – especially when you take into consideration the above video, and breaking habits that were created years, sometimes decades ago.

While I think the physical practice is mandatory on a daily basis, it’s far more important to make sure that we’re focussed and goal oriented.  Whether it be doing flexibility exercises, learning jazz improvisation, or working on a new sonata, we have to be mentally focussed to make sure we’re getting the most out of our practice.

Mental breaks are mandatory – just as physical breaks…

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”

Martha Washington
1731-1802, First Lady of the United States

Have a GREAT week!