Weekly Trumpet Tips 9/5/10

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here are your weekly Tips!

How Do I Increase My Range?

After doing a poll, posting YouTube videos, and asking fellow trumpet players (you), the single number one question that is most commonly asked is “How do I increase my range?”  While there is no single one great answer like a magic bullet that will solve all of our problems, there are things that we need to be aware of.  As written last week, over blowing in the upper register is one big problem!  Closing the aperture to increase range is another.  The list of common problems isn’t long, but it is difficult to over come if you don’t pay close attention to details… pay close attention to your tone / sound!  More times than not, when things start going haywire, we can detect it in our sound.  Arturo Sandoval credits his concern for his sound as being what really helped over all.  While he wouldn’t necessarily discuss range, it was abundantly clear that his open, round, consistent sound was his personal guide.

Enjoy What You Do!

All too often, we as trumpet players get absolutely wrapped up in our battle for control over our instrument.  More times than not, our trumpet feels like an adversary vs. our tool that is in our control.

Practicing tends to turn more into an addiction than a pleasurable musical experience.  Allow yourself several times in a week to enjoy what you do and what you play.  Don’t strive to play better than anyone other than your former self.  Make music – not noise!  And most importantly, have fun!

“Every achiever that I have ever met says, ‘My life turned around when I began to believe in me.'”

Dr. Robert H. Schuller
Minister and Author

Have a GREAT week!

Sincerely,

Keith