Mike and Reiji,
Thank you for your welcome comments. I sense that you both express something that is is within each of us to some degree.
It seems to me that we all want to be able to express ourselves through the trumpet but we lack the ‘technical skills’ we would like to have, or need to achieve our particular mode or level of expression.…[Read more]
Here are some learning concepts that have been valuable to me.
First — Trust and believe in the Process
Having trust in and belief in the process is important to learning and development.
Second — Embrace those mistakes or missteps that lead to self discovery.
Mistakes and / or missteps are an important part of the learning process. I like…[Read more]
The approach that helps me the most as I increase the tempo of harmonic slurs is focus on the aperture corners (Shape) and trying to maintain the economy of movement there. Going faster doesn’t require more exaggerated movement or more effort. Rather, trying to minimize the amount of movement and perceived distance between pitches seems to help.…[Read more]
Taking the time to go through this course and apply it’s principals will be very beneficial for players of all levels. For me, the benefit is in woking with the concepts enough to internalize them, not in how quickly one can get through the material. I like to emphasize the feeling of the ‘Singing C’ as a base line for moving on to other pitches,…[Read more]