Tips and Good habits

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bogeyman, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. bogeyman

    bogeyman New Friend

    Mar 7, 2008
    Well compadres

    It's my first post in the forum proper.An i explained in the introduction forum that i played cornet (badly) over 25 years ago in a brass band. I bought a student trumpet a few weeks back and am inflicting lots of screeching on the wife kids and dog :-) .
    Anyway what i'd like to ask is what are your top tips for a novice learner. How can i move quickly up the learning curve.....?
    Thanks all
  2. MFfan

    MFfan Fortissimo User

    Sep 13, 2006
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Welcome to the forum! Glad you are joining many of us in disturbing others:-) I think many on the forum would advise you to find a good teacher to evaluate your ability status and remind you of the good habits you may once have had , and also the bad ones that can develop without proper guidance, so you can reach what potential you have with the least amount of frustration and you wife and dog will be more tolerant, 'to be sure.:-)
  3. Firestas'1

    Firestas'1 Piano User

    Dec 21, 2006
    New Jersey
    Like MF fan stated, a good techer is the best road to meaureable improvement with the least amount of frustration.
    Short of that you should focus on your sound in everything you play.
    Make sure you take full deep breaths, there are some excellent threads on breathing excercises.
    Search the forum for the topics; Breathing, Mouthpeice Buzzing, Embuchere, as a start.
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    as much as there is a devout DIY following here, I am not sure that there are any great success stories.
    There is no substitute for a good teacher - especially in the beginning. Anything that you do in the beginning that is not correct will haunt you for the rest of your life.
    The chance of getting it wrong is very great and that definitely decreases the possible pleasure.
    If money is tight, still find a good player at a brassband to get you started. It really is the only good way!
  5. bogeyman

    bogeyman New Friend

    Mar 7, 2008
    Okay guys i'll seek out a teacher. I used to work with a couple of guys that play with a jazz Big Band....I'll see if i can track em down. In the meantime i'll forge ahead with the book and "twinkle twinkle little star" :cool:
  6. brad361

    brad361 Pianissimo User

    Feb 12, 2008
    I agree with others here, a good private lesson teacher is really important. But so is PRACTICE. Long, solitary hours, just you, the horn, a metronome, method and etude books.
    Of course, adults have responsibilities that kids who are starting out do not, but there's no substitute for time spent practicing.
    Good luck, welcome back!

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