Pace Yourself!

I teach private trumpet lesson to kids. One thing that I come across more often than not is the “superman/woman” mindset. The kid picks up the horn and wants to do everything they can do, just because they can do it. This is a natural think and even a process of exploration so I most of the time allow it up to a certain point. But then there comes a point of realization in which the student must learn to pace themselves and allow their ability to fall in place based upon their practice regiment and technique.

My advice on this is simple, nothing too elaborate or deep: Slow and steady wins the race. A lot a certain amount of time to strictly working on a particular aspect of your playing. If may be playing notes with a constant, steady tone, articulation, strengthening your embouchure, etc… Take your time and really nit-pick so that you discover the issue and work towards correcting it.

I will end this tip with a quote from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard: “You can’t be out there blowing hard, you got to pace yourself.”

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Shay Burns
    Jul 19, 2011 @ 17:54:33

    U have a lot going for u self just keepin doin what ur doin and u will make it big God bless -Shay

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