What you can expect from Online Trumpet Lessons
We create a custom lesson plan for each student but here is the basic outline:
5-10 minutes: Work on your tone and technique for warm ups
First music lessons will concentrate on this but as the student develops, we will spend only 5 minutes on warm up exercises. This helps you understand the value of using tone and technique exercises to get everything working so you’re ready to play music better and quicker. Each technique will be explained and/or demonstrated in a recording that you can take home and practice with.
10 minutes: Work on Playing Melodies of Interesting Songs You Want to Learn
The second part of the lesson helps you apply the warmup to the songs you want to learn.
We will pick songs together based on your level and style interest. I will help you make it sound like a professional trumpet player with expression techniques: short and long articulations, crescendos, vibrato and bending pitches like bluesy players use to make it sound soulful and musical. This part is also explained and demonstrated in a recording that you take home with you.
10 min: Work on Improvising (jamming) to the Song
This is the most creative part of the lesson where you are free to create your own lines. Eventually we will record you playing the melody and improvising to it in my studio. I will send you the mp3 to listen to, show your family and friends or even upload to social media sites where you can begin to create you own online presence and attract other musicians.
Last 2 minutes: Set up a lesson plan for practicing at home for the week
This is one of the most important parts of the lesson. All through the lesson I will be adding demonstrations and explanations of how to practice during the week on a recording that you can take home with you. It’s the best way to ensure you’re practicing correctly without creating any bad habits, and it makes practicing more fun!
One Other Unique Feature of Your Weekly Music Lessons
I encourage you to send me recordings of your practice sessions right from your smart phone so I can guide you throughout the week and correct any mistakes that might pop up. I will send you helpful comments, suggestions, and even demonstrations on my trumpet. This is also a great way to get you focused while you’re practicing. By listening to yourself on a recording, you learn to be your own best critic and you will improve a lot faster.