If you were anything like me during this long Thanksgiving weekend, you probably took a little time off of the trumpet.
Or maybe most of your time on the horn involved short practice sessions with a practice mute.
The first day after break, you probably realized that everything you worked on prior to your little hiatus, is now not soundin’ too hot. Don't fret though!
I didn’t sweat being a little rusty on Monday. I’ve been rusty before, and I knew exactly what I needed to do to in order to get my chops back into shape.
By the end of the day, I’m back to my old self…not better…just not worse. Sometimes that is all we can hope for as trumpet players. Though it's definitely NOT the goal on a consistent basis.
Here are the 3 exercises I did yesterday to get my chops back into shape after a holiday hiatus (free pdf download below):
1. Carmine Caruso’s Six Notes
I start with this long tone exercise to focus on good air flow and a centered tone.
"If you can sing it, then you can play it."
Having great tone starts in the mind first. If you can clearly hear the sound that you want then you have done most of the work it takes to improve your sound.
The next step would be to practice daily to slowly chip away at your ideal sound. As trumpeters we worry a lot about the separate aspects of how to play the trumpet. However, Vincent Cichowicz, says "All of the component parts of playing are merged by the aesthetic message guiding them."
In this video, I give you helpful tips on how and why it is important to:
1) Have a clear "Sound Image"
2) Listen to all trumpet players
3) Imitate your favorite sounds