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Here is this weeks lesson and challenge!

I challenge you all to do a one hour practice session with soft flowing lines. Little if any tension just soft lite tones beginning with slow neighboring tones. With regular rests of 15 to 30 seconds .
Moving through slur, tongue, scales, arpeggios , melodies. Gradually expanding the range as long as you remain quiet effortless and musical . The temptation to play full or loud must be suppressed in favor of creating fluid control at mpce and less volume.

Breathe in just the amount to play the line plus a few seconds. Inhale and exhale in a circular unstoppable cycle. Do not push notes together. Let them tumble into each other as they float on the air.

You should feel your lips tingle and the slightest command from your ears sends them to just the resistance . If you cannot play a little higher note without tension or pressure Don't play it. Turn around and stay in the comfortable range.

After a period of time your tone will improve and your body will settle into a sort of zen relaxation.

Let your body move with the tempo and then notice how smooth and easy the fingers fly through faster and faster lines or scales.

Practicing in this manner will develop a foundation for all playing of all genre's

When you complete the session your lips will tingle and feel refreshed and a little warm glow will be sensed in the playing muscles around your lips.

This type of practice increases blood flow while playing. The benefits last several days and you will know when it is time to do it again.

Trying out mouthpieces should always be tested in this manner. Allow the mouthpiece to show you what it does when you play softly. If the tone is pure and even and it seems to float it will be a contender. Avoid the temptation to play loudly or go up above the staff until the mouthpiece proves it will respond with your kind of feel and response. This will eliminate the dogs and assist your search. You can play back and forth between several mouthpieces if you play quietly and listen. Hope this helps.

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If you need a nice full Jazz sound that doesn't "mush" or blat when you play low or high this is perfect.

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Trumpet Tweaking Services

Link to video of a tweaked horn. This trpt. cost me $50.00 - After tweaking worth $1000.00

I will set up your trumpet to play it's best!  Want it brighter, warmer, not so stuffy, the low notes to speak better etc.

I have not seen a trumpet yet that cannot be made to play better for the customer. We all hear differently and want a feel, resistance and tone to match what we want to hear.

Have a Bach but like a Schilke sound or a student trumpet needs to play evenly and in tune.

I have tweaked student horns and the player says it's better than his....that cost $3500.00

Price does not include parts. Most Tweaks do not involve parts however caps and buttons may be needed and cost extra. In case you need to have  repairs, there will  be additional fees.