I try to practice every day. Med school is very time consuming, so sadly that doesn't really help. I do have 3 rehearsals every week (for 3 separate bands). If I start I usually improvise a lot. When I'm bored of that, I check some of the sheets for the bands, and if that get boring, hello Arban!
by then my embouchure needs a rest and my 'homework' want my attention
Trumpet therapy ...... it's the new "scream" therapy.
Works for me too!
Trumpets are for extroverts - Lee Morgan
They always say to rest as much as you play... I also heard stories of how Maynard Ferguson when he wasn't on the road would put a trumpet on a table and not play unless he passed by that room and every time he passed by the table would pick up the trumpet and play for 5-10 minutes and by the end of the day he would have practiced 2-3 hours. Personally I don't have the time to do anything for 3-4 hours a day on a regular basis...(work, kids, home, etc.) I am currently working on a regimen of some technical studies out of the Arbans where I have about 9 different specific areas that I am working on based on the old Prescott Technique system and by the time I get through the technical studies I am usually looking at 45-60 minutes of work and then play a couple of songs for fun and then wiped out.
I think it important to practice with a purposes and I keep notes on what I have done, what I am currently working on, and what I will be working on.
I try to practice as often as possible, and every time I pick the trumpet up to play I play for at least 30 minutes but typically not more than 60 minutes.
Bach Stradivarius 180S37
That's an excellent point about Maynard AND a big reason why I leave a trumpet out on the stand so I can just play it when I see it. Out of sight out of mind. The only problem I have is which horn do I want to play (n+1 side effect ).
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
I do that in a round about way. I leave my mouthpiece on the center console and buzz when I drive somewhere, so get 15min, 15 min there. It really helps with edurance and lip flexibility.
one that works with his hands - laborer
one that works with hands and head - craftsman
one that works with hands, head and heart - artist
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