How much practise?

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As a Melbourne music teacher I am constantly asked how much practice should I do? The answer is as much as possible! As ambiguous as this sounds it actually holds true – what you put in to your instrument you get out. Everyones free time is not equal, some of us work long hours, others have social and sporting commitments that leaves little time for trumpet practise. If you are an aspiring musician I would suggest writing out your practice in a diary. This can be key to visualizing your practice in your week. Another great way of getting more quality time with your trumpet is to see unexpected spare time as free practice time. Unexpected spare time is when plans fall through or someone is running late, and you have a short window of time to fill however you like. How much more productive is practising your trumpet even for as little as ten minutes than just scrolling through Facebook for the twentieth time today. Also it beats getting up a little earlier, pushing away your partner or putting down the TV remote! There is no secret to becoming a great musician that we music teachers in Melbourne selfishly cling to – its just putting the time in. Perfect your art through practice and be present and focused. Perfect practice makes perfect!!

Rhythm practise

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Rhythm! where would music be without it? Patterns in music have been the essence of rhythm and as human beings we are hard-wired to recognize patterns even when complex. Young minds are malleable and recent studies have shown that with proper application perfect pitch and recognition of complex rhythms are possible in the first few years of life. Trumpet, like all other musical instruments requires good aural skills and timing. By building these skills with a Melbourne trumpet teacher young musicians are able to hard wire their brains to excel in complex rhythms and pattern recognition. Try out a trumpet lesson with us at Music in mind and discover your child’s potential.

When is a good age to start learning trumpet?

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As a music educator I am frequently asked “when is the best time to get my child into music?” This is obviously a broad question and children physically develop at different rates, therefore there is no one answer. One key element to answering this question is “what instrument do they want to learn?” Some instruments are large, bulky and heavy while others are small and light. Some instruments require complex muscle dexterity and some require muscle strength only available to people of a certain age. Trumpet and piano are instruments I often recommend to the young students as they fall into the category of easy accessible and only require low level muscle strength. Once correct technique has been taught on the trumpet by your trumpet teacher, students are able to progress at a high rate and not worry about sore shoulders, hands or backs common to the heavy, bulky instruments.

RHYTHM

Where would music be without rhythm! Patterns in music have been the essence of rhythm and as human beings we are hard- wired to recognise patterns even when complex. Young minds are malleable and recent studies have shown that with proper application, perfect pitch and recognition of complex rhythms are possible in the first few years of life. Trumpet, like all other musical instruments require good aural skills and timing. By building these skills with a teacher young musicians are able to hard-wire their brains to excel in complex rhythms and pattern recognition. Try out a lesson with us at Music in mind and discover your child’s potential.

SIGHT READING

Sight-reading for a trumpet player is a fundamental skill. Being able to sight read on the bandstand and in your practice is the difference between being a sought after musician and a bedroom rock star! Learning to reading music is essentially learning a language. It takes practice and application to become a high level sight reader so set aside at least 10mins a day to simply reading through new passages of music notation. A muscle worked every day becomes strengthened and with dedicated practice your sight-reading ability will make you a high level musician that leads to professional success!