Weekly Trumpet Tips 9/24/13

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

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Tip #1 – Great Exercise Tool!~

Something that I’ve been focussing on recently when learning the chord changes to a particular song is to play all extensions of the chord.  For instance – let’s say the song you are working on begins with Bb Major… what I’ll play in a timed fashion is Bb, D, F, A natural… then reversed (A, F, D, Bb).  Then play starting on the 3rd (D, F, A, C).  What you’re doing in this particular phase is including the 9th of the chord (also known as the 2nd note of the scale).  Then – reversed.  Now play starting on the 5th (F, A, C, E natural).  Here’s where you break the key cycle.  We’re now including the 11th (AKA the 4th).  Because we’re playing a Major chord, the 3rd note and the 4th note are only a half step apart.  So to avoid a clash in the chord, move the 11th (4th) up a half step.

This exercises your brain, your chops, and really starts to make you think outside the box.  Be sure to do what ever you’re playing backwards as well.


Tip #2 – Work The Chops Right / Let The Chops Rest Well!

Your chops are made of muscle… and for any muscle to gain strength, it has to be used / worked in a smart way.  When we are looking to add range, endurance, etc. it’s important to understand that we need to put the chops under duress while working them.  Playing without removing the horn from your face, working with notes that are out of your range, etc. it’s all work.

Once you’ve stopped, allow yourself to rest.  Remember that if you over work the muscles, it can take upwards of 48 to 96 hours of rest for them to rebuild / recoup.  Continually over working tired or fatigued muscles starts to damage them further and they don’t actually gain strength – they lose it.

Just be sure to practice and “workout” the chops in a smart and efficient manner.

“You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
1869-1948, Led India to Independence

Have a GREAT week!