Another question that is always asked is how to
improve sight reading.
What are the traditional ways of learning how to
sight read? Play through new pieces of music right? Well, thats one
way, but what if there was another way that you didnt even dream of?
Again, step outside the traditional and experiment.
Put a newspaper or magazine on your music stand and run your scales as you
read an article. You will not believe how difficult it is to do both. What
you are actually doing is using both sides of your brain at the same time.
When you switch to just reading a piece of music, it seems much easier. There
are lots of techniques to learn how to sight read, Im just showing
you one way in which you can start thinking about different
How about difficult finger patterns? I know you
say I try to play them but I cant! Time to go through the
try exercise above. Play a passage you are having difficulty
with left handed. Hold the trumpet in your right hand and finger the notes
with your left. I know, its hard to do. Play slowly and deliberately.
Then switch back to the right hand and play the same phrase. Much easier!