Some may question my wisdom on offering suggestions on practice routines to professionals and it seems like a reasonable conclusion. In spite of my lack of concern for accosting negative remarks, I will continue towards my goal for continued perfection in the trumpet world anyway.
If you are a professional player with no problems, please leave this site for without problems, I can’t be of assistance. But, if you have run into some of the problems I have faced in the past and resolved, you may want to continue to read further.
I can’t help you.
The pay isn’t enough when I do work-
I can’t help you.
My wife doesn’t understand me-
That’s OK. Your wife doesn’t understand me either!
I can’t play as well as I did in college/high school-
You’re older now and you practiced more back then.
I have a hard time hitting the high notes-
How often do you practice in the upper register? If you don’t practice up there, what makes you think you can play up there?
I have an improvised solo and I don’t know how to improvise-
The second chair player is playing too loud all the time-
Mention to the second chair player “You sound as if you have stronger chops than I do and I think you should play lead from now on”. See how quickly he/she gets the idea.
After hard, blowin’ jobs, it takes me days to get my lips to feel good again.
What I have found to work wonders is to buzz on a trombone mouthpiece as I drive home from the gig. The next morning I feel normal again.
It seems as if I’m using too much mouthpiece pressure.
Our leader tells me how to play my part all the time.
Either learn to play it his/her way or get a new job.
I know more than the leader of our band.
Start your own band.
I’m having trouble getting the pages turned fast enough during a show.
Make an extra copy of the problem page and have it next to your score.
The singer in our band sings out of tune.
I can’t help you on that one other than pulling the cord on her/his mike a few times. I thought all singers were taught to sing that way!
I keep missing the same phrase every time.
I think I need a new mouthpiece to improve my playing.
If you already own more than five mouthpieces, the problem is not your mouthpiece; it’s most likely you.
I don’t have enough time to warmup before each job.
Keep an extra mouthpiece in your car and as you drive to the job, start warming up during the drive.
I have a hard time reading the music.
The music sits too low on the music stand for easy reading.
My valves seem to be wearing out unevenly.
How can I oil my valves while playing a show?
I suffer from dry, chapped lips.
I need a new plunger.
I have this obsession to collect trumpet related material and “things”.
I have stiff chops all the time.
My trumpet is starting to wear through and I don’t want to spend a lot to fix it.
I have a hard time coming in on a high note.
I hate the chair I have to sit in on stage.
I would like to play a very high note at the end of our show but don’t have the chops.
How can I build stronger chops?
I have problems doing shakes.
We could go on like this for several days but if I have not covered what you are troubled with, feel free to contact me on this site and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll make something up.
Later….. I have to find out why the check bounced from my last gig!