Weekly Trumpet Tips 9/22/15

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The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

(1) Push Yourself!

(2) Video

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Tip #1 – Push Yourself!

It’s always interesting to me when I hear someone say that they want to do this thing we call “trumpet playing” for a living, but don’t really want to put the time and effort in to make it a reality.  What I usually tell someone is that this is no different than wanting to be a doctor, lawyer, banker, etc.

You HAVE to put the time in and the effort and be willing to push yourself beyond what you think your limits are.  The hardest part of playing for a living is understanding that you must treat this like a business and always put your best foot forward – both as a player and as a human being!

Many young players leaving high school and entering college have fallen prey to “overwhelm” once they realize that college / university is a first major step into the foray of playing for real!  So if you are a young player who is now headlong into your semester at school and are feeling overwhelmed, remember to keep your head down and focus on your work.  Treat it like you would be eating an elephant!  ONE bite at a time!


Tip #2 – Video

I had the pleasure and honor of being able to play with Wayne Bergeron this past weekend… just thought I’d share it with you!


It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

– Charles Darwin – 1809-1882, Naturalist and Geologist

Have a GREAT week!