The sweetest kid I know is just starting trumpet. I'm trying to compile the best advice for an absolute beginner. This is what I have so far. What additions, changes or deletions would you advise?
- Everything starts with air. Breathe deeply, right down in your stomach. Also, sit up straight. Standing is even better.
- When you practise, play fairly quietly. This will let you practise longer. Warm up with long tones, in an easy register, at an easy volume.
- While warming up, rest as much as you play.
- Start the warm up by buzzing the mouthpiece by itself for a minute or two.
- After buzzing the mouthpiece, take out the tuning slide, and try making the nicest sound you can, just on the lead pipe. Do this for a minute.
- Practise at least a little bit every single day.
- Use as little pressure as you can. You'll probably have to use some at the start, but don't use more pressure to play higher. As you get stronger, you'll need less pressure.
- Don't worry about the kid that plays higher and louder than you. He may be progressing faster right now, but you have a long time to catch up.
- Make the prettiest sound you can. Volume and range will come along later.
- Buzz on the mouthpiece as much as your family can stand.
- Lip Slurs are your friend.
- The more you play, the more fun you have.
What additions, changes or deletions would you advise?
Thanks for your help.