Weekly Trumpet Tips 9/6/11

The Shadow

Welcome to Weekly Trumpet Tips!

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Here Are your Weekly Tips:

Tip #1 – Fatigued Muscles NEED Rest!

As I get older (and hopefully wiser), I am getting better at NOT beating my chops senseless on a daily basis.  This can be a tough thing to learn – especially when we don’t understand how much strain and stress our faces endure when we play.  And the higher you play, the more strain you put on your muscles.

Think of it this way – if you suit up and play professional football EVERY day (Monday – Friday) and then suit up on Saturday to play the Super Bowl, there’s a great chance you’re going to get your butt run into the ground!  Common sense tells us that we would have to physically rest.  Why not for trumpet playing too?

The best thing to do is allow yourself to JUST warm up for a day or so.  For instance – what I do after a couple of butt kicking days is do my Clarke studies and pedal tones – nothing more.  After a couple of days of this – I’m healed up.  If what you can normally do is suddenly much more difficult, it’s time to rest!!!

Tip #2 – Video Tip / Fun!


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Have a GREAT week!