Playing the Trumpet can be a brave thing to do. Every performer will experience the ‘fight or flight’ response. This can be experienced to a worse degree on the trumpet. It is both very easy to hear a ‘split’ note and also because the sound relies so heavily on the player’s physical condition i.e. their lips. Many trumpeters worry (most of the time unduly) if they will have the ‘lips’ to play the high notes, or if they have the stamina to play long passages.
Have a firm foundation
When people ask a very good player what they are doing whilst performing a ‘hard’ piece (as if they are doing something superhuman), they invariably answer, “I’m focusing on my breathing”. People often don’t really understand how simple trumpet playing actually is. All you have to do is blow air, vibrating the lips and a sound is created. Obviously we need to practise this until we change the airspeed easily and smoothly. Nonetheless it is a very simple thing to actually do. We are always complicating things and having negative thoughts about our playing. Whenever we have a problem there is always a simple solution, which will enable us to easily play a particular phrase or technique.
Whenever we pick up the trumpet never think a negative thought! This will never help. We should rather say; how do I do this? Only when we are at this point, we are then ready to start to improve.
However, this is the most critical point; we know need to know what a good foundation is in order to start to make improvement. If we start practicing the wrong way we only ever learn how to play incorrectly and with bad technique.
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