Return of the trumpet?
April 8, 2011 12:53 AM Subscribe
TrumpetFilter: After a year and a half of no playing, I've got three months to improve as much as I can. How can I make the most of my time?
posted by btfreek to media & arts (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So, it's been a year and a half since I last picked up my trumpet, and I've come to realize that I really miss playing in a jazz ensemble. My university has an extracurricular big band specifically for non-music majors, and I've promised myself that I'll sign up for auditions in August. (Hey, if nothing else it'll at least give me something to work at during the summer!)
I play a bunch of other instruments, I've got a decent ear and a good sense of rhythm, so I'm mainly after things related to the physical aspects of brass/trumpet playing -- tone, range, etc. I know from experience that if I just dive in without thought I'll try to do too much too soon and blow out my chops and get really frustrated, so do any of you trumpet-playing Mefites have any tips? General advice, recommendations for exercises, good online trumpet resources, anything is appreciated.