It seems that the more trumpet lessons I take , the less I play my trumpet in the lessons and at home. My teacher is giving me a dose of music theory along with the actual trumpet playing. Apparently my physical approach to playing is fine and I need to develop the mental side of things. That is no big surprise. In an effort to develop the mental instrument between my ears I have been given the task of learning to sight sing and recognize intervals be ear. The thought of singing has always terrified me and I have been a little reluctant to try it, especially in front of another person.I am now trying out the singing and it is very taxing for me mentally. I am not as bad as had thought I would be. It is not anything another person would want to listen to but I think it will help me develop my ear and increase my ability to approach the trumpet in a more musical way. Being able to hear what is on the page before playing it is going to make playing so much easier.
Sometimes the best medicine tastes the worst. Let's hope that this heals what ails me as a musician.