It's all a mental game...

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by butxifxnot, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. butxifxnot

    butxifxnot Pianissimo User

    Jul 10, 2004
    all of it! Warming up, technicality, style, range, all of these areas on the trumpet are largely a thing of how you handle the trumpet mentally. I've seen people talk of the mentality of the thing with each area, and I find that it is true, more and more.

    Warming up: I just read someone posting agout warming up to an imaginary audience to enhance the warm-up. I've also seen people talking about a warm-up having little to do with actually warming up on the instrument. You spend some time thinking about the tone you want, what style you play, etc.

    Style: What do I need to say? You gotta feel it.

    Range: Up till about a few days ago, I could squeak a double C maybe once every year. My range was at a stand-still. However, listening to how the note sounds (and especially how my embouchure feels to play up there) has opened up the middle of the double range to me. Case in point: I've got a double C in the squeak mode. I don't really know how the D feels. I can't envision it in my mind, so I can't even bend the C any higher. It's all mental. Just as a trombone's altissimo range would be the middle of my range, I picture a brass instrument (that doesn't exist) up on the range scale, and figure "This note is just someone else's low note".

    Technicality: A little discourse I read of a teacher about "hard" pieces (at least, I don't think it was here...). What defines an "easy" piece? How familiar you are with it. Everything that I know that is "easy" is not necessarily easy: it is just familiar to me. So, you see a "hard" piece, and say "This is an unfamiliar piece. Time to familiarize myself with it."

    :-) This seems to be helping me improve, anyway.
  2. dizforprez

    dizforprez Forte User

    Nov 2, 2003
    Different people mean different things at different stages when referring to the mental game. If you get a chance you should check out Barry Green’s “ the Mastery of Musicâ€. He has a good chapter about trumpet players in there that you mind find useful.

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