Finding practice time

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Father time where do you go? Why does the passing of the time seem to go quicker the busier we get? For Melbourne Trumpet players finding extra time in your daily routine to get practice in becomes a practice in time management. For our Melbourne trumpet students we often go through your practice diary and recommend amendments to make sure your progress is significant. One easy solution to finding extra practice time is simply to put down the TV remote and pick up your instrument. I do know the draw the television has and how relaxing it can be however the feeling of getting in some constructive practice is rewarding and relaxing. If you are lucky enough to have your meals prepared for you by a partner or parent rather than hovering around the kitchen like a nuisance I recommend taking those precious minutes and getting into your instrument practice. The key thing to take away here is that even a short 10min practice session can greatly improve your playing especially if it is focused practice. Remember practice doesn’t make perfect, Perfect practice makes perfect! Get in touch with us now at Music in mind to start your Melbourne in home Trumpet lessons.

The high seas and your trumpet

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This weeks blog for Melbourne Trumpet students is going to look at a subject close to my heart and life- Cruise ship gigs. After completing my bachelor of music I was interested in travelling with my instrument and getting paid to play all over the world, I’m sure it’s a dream shared by many aspiring musicians. I auditioned for a cruiseline and to my joy was accepted to join their showband. Firstly, the greatest thing about working on a cruiseline as a musician is it is your main job to be a musician. There aren’t any of the usual headaches and distractions you find on land such as traffic, jobs, bills etc.. Your paid well to simply play your instrument and perform in a great band. Your sight reading skills improve dramatically from performing every day and your musical diversity increases as you play a wide range of styles. You also get to meet and play with other terrific musicians from all over the world. I was switched on to many different music from talking and sharing with these professional musicans, some styles I had never even heard of! The Cruiseship industry is booming right now so job opportunities have never been so prolific. You generally play 6 nights a week so you can only imagine how good your playing will be at the end of a contract. For anyone who is looking to see more of the world and get paid to play your instrument than take a look into Cruiseships, unless you get sea sick! Get in touch with us today to get started with a great Melbourne trumpet teacher.

The Holidays

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The holidays were here again and the usual problems for music students came bubbling to the surface. Trumpet teachers often sight a lack of practice as the biggest downfall to a student’s progress. This seems fairly common to all endeavors as you only get out what you put in! Over the Easter Holiday break many families are on the road or overseas enjoying a well earn’t break. For music students this translates to weeks without their instrument. I’m a strong advocate for practicing daily however how can we do this when the instrument isn’t physically with us? Here are a few tips to keep your musical juices flowing anywhere, anytime.

Try taking some sheet music with you and reading it without your instrument. You will find your brain still engages with the notes and you may find you can sight sing the notes. This also works for sight reading rhythms. Your Melbourne trumpet teacher can give you many rhythm exercises on sheet music that you can clap, tap or sing. Try utilizing that amazing piece of technology in your pocket- your smart phone. The plethora of great aural training apps and rhythm apps available at the online store means that you can take your studies anywhere you go. Lastly, lets use this extra downtime to actually listen to music. Find new songs that interest and excite you. By stimulating the ears you will come back after the holidays with a fresh enthusiasm for your trumpet music lessons.

 

Trumpet case

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Damaging your trumpet in transit is a common heartache. Fortunately purchasing a suitable case can prevent this. You have spent good money on your trumpet so why skimp on the case that protects it from scratches, dents and breakage. To do reviews on all trumpet cases on the market will be next to impossible in this blog so I will simply outline some key features to tick off when purchasing your case. Many trumpet sellers will have a case for your trumpet when you purchase it but these can be cheap ones so they can move stock. Most stock cases have wood paneling covered by leather and other waterproof materials. These hard cases are superior so soft ones as they can take a spill without damaging your trumpet and can usually have something stacked on it which is very common when travelling. The hard cases will usually have stiff dividers that add extra support from the case being crushed. Lastly, the weight of the case is something we try to keep low for ease of lifting however this usually translate to cheap plastic materials so please Melbourne trumpet students spend the extra money on your case to save money on repairs down the road.

sight reading

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Musicians stand up and are applauded. As skills go you have mastered one of the most difficult art forms in our culture. The ability to multi task is so fundamental to a musician that sometimes we take it for granted. This multi tasking is most obviously seen when we sight read. The calculations required to both read the note and play the note are quite astonishing! I like to think of it as a three part juggling act. Read and interpret the note, count the rhythm dictated and play the note perfectly. For young Melbourne musicians having trumpet lesson it is imperative that sight-reading become part of your regular practice. In order to master the skill it must be trained by constant reading through new pieces of music, at different tempos and in different time signatures. It doesn’t have to be hours per day, just 10-20mins will get you on the road to mastering this skill and your brain will be exercised like no amount of TV or book reading can do. A recent study conducted on our brains and music can be read at the following:

link: http://news.mit.edu/2015/neural-population-music-brain-1216

 

Art of performing

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What is your musical goal? Is it to perform your music in a group, ensemble or solo? If so here is a little piece of advise from one performer to another- Work on the art of performing! The art of performing is about becoming attractive to both the listeners ears and eyes. Music is obviously an audible art form but performing also encompasses the eyes. I have been to many gigs and watched amazing musicians who were quite frankly boring. I can almost hear my university lecturers frantically distancing themselves from this statement. However, it is true that we go “see” live music because it excites many of our senses. When giving music lessons in Melbourne we work on performing aspects. We even give our students two annual concerts so they can gain experience at performing. Seeing others performing gives insights as to how students can better their own performance next time. When performing think about engaging your audience, give a smile and laugh when something unusual happens (it always does). Why not try getting your own body moving and grooving. All eyes are on you so excite their senses.