Seeking advice!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by derrick3197, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. derrick3197

    derrick3197 New Friend

    Jan 16, 2010

    I'm a high school marching band member, and I was wondering if anyone had any professional advice on playing. I have learned all basic fingerings on both octave 1 and 2 (all sharps and flats included).

    I've been inspired by other trumpet players for a long time. I've been pusing myself to play at least 4 hours a week, taking several breaks.

    As I kept going throughout my months, it was a challenge to play on the second octave for a long time. But I've been practicing so much everyday in the past, I just can't leave the trumpet alone.

    Now that I'm in high school, I'm just not sure that I'm using the best techniques. My usual routine is lip sluring. Are there better methods of developing lip muscle? What other exercises am I leaving out?
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Welcome to TM, derrick3197!

    Maybe the best thing you can do is to practice very softly, to balance out your marching experience.

    Sometimes I've even had my students avoid the tongue for a whole week, articulating with a "puh" atack. They hated me for the first few days, then stopped hating me, then really liked me at the end of that week.

    Your best bet, of course, is to find a good teacher....
  3. progmac

    progmac Pianissimo User

    Jan 9, 2009
    it sounds like you need a good teacher to lead you through some of the well-known trumpet methods. practicing right takes care of most issues, so you don't need to worry if your lips are strongest enough per se. if you have no money for lessons, perhaps buying Arban's method and a guide book to go with it would be a good start.
  4. Bob Grier

    Bob Grier Forte User

    May 4, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    If you are really serious you should take lessons from thebest teacher you can find.No internet advice can take the place of a teacher who can teach you an efficient way to play. You will make the most progress with someone who can show you how it's done. You allready have the passion.
  5. Ed Kennedy

    Ed Kennedy Forte User

    Nov 18, 2006
    It sounds like you are dedicated and motivated. I'll join the chorus: get a good teacher. The act of preparing assignments for regular lessons and having the critical ear of a teacher you trust is invaluable. Tell us (approximately) where you live and I'm sure you will get some good recommendations for a teacher.

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