Mark Zauss - The psychology of trumpet playing.
It's not a mystery, it's just psychology. Trumpet playing requires a unique set of skills which are significantly influenced by the way our brain processes information and learns how to master specific tasks. The mastery of skills associated with playing trumpet or any musical instrument is similar to an athlete by nature of practicing a specific set of techniques for the purpose of improving performance. Several aspects that improve performance include repetitive behaviors as well as a clear idea of what the expected outcome is. A basketball player pictures the ball going into the basket, a golfer imagines what his swing will feel like and has a mental image of where the ball will land. As musicians we share a common thread in that we strive to achieve a desired outcome based on what we conceptualize as a beautiful sound or musical phrase. How we get his desired outcome is determined by the sound we hear in our mind and seek to create. As we attempt to create this sound, millions of neurotransmitters and hundreds of muscles work together as a symphony to achieve the desired outcome, which is ultimately music. As we progress into our musical journey, we learn more effective and efficient techniques by gathering information, learning, and practicing what we hear in our minds. Below are several articles which help create a framework of ideas to increase efficiency, clarify techniques and define obstacles with better clarity for the purpose of mastering them.
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