Weekly Trumpet Tips 9/30/14

The Shadow

The Shadow

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Tip #1 – Don’t Forget The Melody!

As a working trumpet player for many years now, it’s easy to fall into the trap of practicing “parts,” working on chops stuff, and trying to be what ever your “job” requires of you.

For me – I didn’t ever really see this until I decided to dedicate myself to learning improvisation.  When I was a young student, I enjoyed learning melodies and playing out of piano sheet music my grandmother had in the basement.  I would spend hours going through and playing various melodies… but as I got into the school band programs, I was taught to play my parts (which did involve some melodies), and the exercises.

When you’re playing melodies, you’re starting to do more than just blow notes through your horn.  So this first tip is to allow yourself time to practice playing melodies… play melodically, with feeling, and with expression and enjoy the beauty inside the melody.  It can only improve your playing!

Tip #2 – Video – Let’s Talk Tuning!


If you’re watching closely, the tuner is not reading a C – the app. I use updated and it took me a bit to fix the issue.  Give the ideas a chance… you could be surprised.

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief

requirements of life, when all that we need to make us

really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

– Charles Kingsley – 1819-1875, Priest, Professor, Historian, and Novelist

Have a GREAT week!