Weekly Trumpet Tips 9/13/11

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Sometimes When The Horn Wins, You…

Ever had those times where the horn wins?  Could be because of fatigue, extreme temperatures, scattered thoughts, etc.  It’s best at that point to just realize that all a player can do is enjoy the moment (as best you can) and keep moving forward.  All too often as trumpet players, our ego’s drive our performance which causes at times a let down or disappointed look on our faces because we’re not soloing, reading, or achieving the upper register the same way we would normally.

The only thing that really matters is the music and the audience.  If you look out amongst the crowd and still see smiling faces, let that be the satisfaction – not the fact that you’re not screeching out Double something or others or playing blistering fast lines.  There’s always the “next” performance…

Tip #2 – Most COMMON Problem Is…

In teaching and working with people of all ages (youngest being 8 and oldest being 90) the common thread for problems for all players of all skill levels falls on “USE OF AIR!”  We all breathe, and we all use air to generate our sound.  BUT – how we use our air is a different story altogether.  Everything from tuning issues to range and endurance problems stems from over use of the chops and under use of the air stream itself.

By letting the chops just do what their supposed to do (flap in the breeze) we can save ourselves TONS of headache, heartache, and frustration.

I promise to post a follow up video from last week – been a crazy busy time… thanks for following us!

If you live in or around the Austin, TX area and would like to attend our upcoming clinic at Austin Winds on October 15th, please RSVP ASAP to keith@trumpetresources.com.

The cost is $35 which will get you a copy of my latest book, 2 hours of useful information, and a slew of exercises and proper ways to go about them!

“I am willing to put myself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to a new level.”

Diana Nyad
Author, Journalist and World Record Long-Distance Swimmer

Have a GREAT week!