Weekly Trumpet Tips 9/3/13

The Shadow

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips:

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Tip #1 – Push Beyond Your Perceived Limits!

One of the biggest problems people have is that we establish perceived (or believed) limits upon ourselves… and musicians are not immune in ANY way!  Trumpet players develop limitations pretty early on just because of how demanding and difficult our instrument of choice is.  It’s a fickle little pain in the butt!  There are going to be stellar days, and there are going to be days that you want to throw it across the room… but you can’t let a “bad day” set the tone for your perception of your playing or your musical knowledge.

One perfect example of this is I never imagined myself as a writer – of any sort.  Words, music, etc.  But while in the mountains on a vacation, and feeling perfectly relaxed, I woke up at 5AM with this persistent melody in my head.  So, after realizing I wasn’t going to be able to shut it off, I got up and wrote it down.  Good thing I did, because just  a few short hours later, I had very little recollection of how it went.  Now – keep in mind, I’ve written melodies that I hear down before, but I’ve never taken them any further.  I decided this one was going to be different!  Good, bad, lame, or great, I was going to write this piece into fruition!

Upon returning home, I contacted my sax player who is very proficient at writing… since I’d never done this before, I had no clue as to how to proceed – writing chords, creating harmony, and creating great rhythmic content.  Working together via email, we were able to get a tune pulled together in a week that I am amazed I initiated and essentially wrote.

Push beyond your limits… you never know how far you can push your boundaries until you take that first step!

Tip #2 – Avoidance Prolongs the Growth Process!

There are days that I just don’t feel like practicing the hard stuff… but the second I get that nagging feeling about an aspect of my growth, I realize THAT’S what I have to focus on first and get out of the way.  Usually once I’ve done that I feel so much better about myself, my practicing, and my growth.  Sometimes it’s a daily battle – but I keep up that same tenacity, and growth becomes evident in a few short months.

So your second tip for this week is don’t let your mind shut you down!  DO THE WORK and be thankful each day that you took a step forward!

“It is precisely the possibility of realizing a dream that makes life interesting.”

Paulo Coelho

Have a GREAT week!