• Make a habit of practicing in the morning. Remember, even just 5 minutes a day is better than 30 minutes once a week.
  • Purchase the Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method for Trumpet/Cornet (or Flugelhorn…)
  • Try to get comfortable with the notes of the C major scale. Remember: valves are either up or down, not in between. Move them QUICKLY.


  • Work on Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Practice the “Hawaii” breath (the right way, not the creepy way…)
  • Keep practicing Lesson 2, especially the exercises with no rests. Remember, insert your own spots to breathe (I showed you where).


  • Work with the metronome, go slowly and be picky.
  • Take some time to just clap quarters with it, then tongue without the trumpet, then play a single pitch in quarters on the trumpet.
  • Be patient, but be your own task master. Get the hard work done now so you don’t have to worry about it later.


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