"Know thy Self"...This is easy to say but hard to do. I'm talking about your mind, your body, and your soul (Zen). Below is an inventory for you to consider. I am not offering any hot trumpet tips because I have not found any and I don't think they even exist! But asking the right questions can lead to the right answers and the inventory process can help uncover what our next steps can be in our trumpet playing evolution. We ultimately must become our own teachers to achieve the grade we want. Consider the grade of "B" which stands for "Better". Better is a sustainable philosophy so go fo the "B" (better)!
The Studio will be exploring the Mind | Body | Artists | Brassology (resources) | Studio Practice Sheets | Studio Blog. I invite you to go the the menu on the right or bottom (depending on your device) and begin your journey. Next quarter I will activate the Studio Blog and we can share our key learnings together!
Trumpet playing begins in the Mind and then expands to the body. It is our "software" and without it, our "hardware" will not get the job done.
Embouchure | aperture | tongue | neck tilt| sholders arms | hands | fingers | spine | diaphram | abdominals | low breath | high breath | sitting | standing | legs | feet | ... all influence our playing. There is no way we can think about all of that AND play the notes never mind play the music. Unless we practice (and practice employing "practice sets"), good habits are hard to form. But if we are motivated to find our best, these good habits will kick in automatically so we don't have to think about all of this when we are playing.
These master musicians have all of this happening so we can learn a lot from them if we take the time to do so. In the year 2014, we have You Tube, websites, live performances, CDs, DVDs, MP3s, and the ITG Conferences at our disposal if we chose to utilize them.
Consider this Artists section as the "Art" of playing.
This is the brass pedagogy that can help the Mind organize itself with knowlege and insight. I have also just added the Trumpet Studio Collection that features other studios and what they are doing.
Consider this Brassology section the "Science" of playing.
I encourage you to create your own Studio Sheets that pinpoint your "weakest link" and change it to your "stronger link" wilth daily drills... the RIGHT kind of daily drills. Then look for your new "weakest link" and make some more Studio Sheets. This puts you on the path of building good practice habits. Over the years as I have improved my playing skills, the old Studio Sheets haved morphed into better ones.
Most of this material is not origional. It has been derived from all the wonderful teachers, performers, and mentors that I have had the privilege and good fortune to know.
Next quarter I will activate the Studio Blog. Here is where we can all get to sharing our key learnings with each other.
The Studio will be exploring the Mind | Body | Artists | Brassology (resources) | Studio Practice Sheets | Studio Blog. I invite you to go to the menu on the right of this page and begin your journey. Good "chops" to you all!