Learning the physical mechanics is only part of what it takes to sound like a pro.
There are REAL reasons why so many players practice and never really improve. They have nothing to do with talent. It has to do with the things that they THINK they know but don’t fully understand.
They played in High School and quit then they started back as adults. Not to be rude but that means they have a High School players experience and 1st hand knowledge. Meaning that they know those things as they relate to a High School level player but to break into the upper ranks it is a completely different ballgame and they have no experience in that. Even college level players lack the expertise that pros have and those college players have a great deal to learn.
I will give you 1 example of that. I have a friend who has a BM and MM in trumpet. He has a favorite player and listens to that player. He thinks he fully gets the sound model concept. Sadly he only gets the 1st level of it. I call that level the world globe. IT contains everything but nothing is refined or defined enough to see the street where you live. To learn to refine the listening habits and define their sound and refine yours takes just a few minutes. But you have to go through the process and do it every time you play. It is covered in my new book.
- There is a difference in HOW a pro player plays physically; which I have already covered in Tensionless Playing
- There is also a BIG difference in HOW a pro player THINKS about playing
- There is a difference in HOW he listens and WHAT he listens to and for
- There is a difference in HOW a pro player practices WHY he chooses what he practices and how to decide what to practice
Everyone thinks that they know how and what to listen for. That is entirely wrong. If they really knew then how is it that a teacher can point out problems with the playing, the sound, the musical interpretations?
The answer is that they didn’t know WHAT to listen for or what it meant.
A player has to be taught this. OK so what is the sound that you want?
Well there are a minimum of 4 levels of things to listen to and for to determine the sound. Some players use zero but most only use 1. They are using a world globe to try and find a street address. It doesn’t work. You have to learn how to make a country, state and city map of sounds before you arrive at your street address.
We have to learn to hear what we really sound like, what pros sound like. We have to learn how to make a practice routine that fits US and how to change it based on our needs.
There is a physical aspect to playing the trumpet that gets us in the ballpark IF we listen. That physical aspect is what I am best known for. It is about 1/3 of what I really do with students that study with me for longer than just a tuneup lesson.
Most hobby players if they take a lesson only take a tune up and get in the ball park. They are happy to be there but there is so much farther that they can go IF they go to step 2.
The trumpet is so much more physical AND mental than any other instrument.
A brand new player can press middle c on the piano and an in tune middle c will sound. It won’t be a third off or under or over pitch. It will be resonant and not slightly out of pitch center. It will vibrate and not sound strained or forced.
That new player can play every note there is on the piano on day 1 and he/she can play for hours and hours without the sound changing and without getting tired, sore or hurt.
Yet piano players spend years thinking about their craft. Most trumpet players never get past the physical basics in part because there is so much to do, in part because so few actually teach it and in part because they don’t know what the next step is.
This is the next step.
It also includes a section that helps you to find your current skill level and has the exercises and solos that you need to practice to reach the next skill level.
I have found myself using my book to help evaluate players and for suggestions of what to work on next.
This ebook is 62 pages and gives you a good guideline on how to alter your thinking and how to proceed to the next step in playing really well.