Chase Sanborn is an engaging modern jazz trumpet voice with a warm, inviting tone, fluid lyrical phrasing, and a style that always swings. He exhibits the cultivated sensibility of a player at the peak of his powers.
Music Business Tactics is an easy and enjoyable read that provides sound, practical advice. If you are an aspiring musician, or you know one, get this book! You need this information!
Chase Sanborn goes right to the heart and soul of the music. His performance was an inspiration to hundreds of festival participants, and his positive and upbeat outlook made a lasting impact on our students
Jazz Tactics presents the material in such a clear and simple way, with the vitality and spirit of a live teaching session. This method speaks to all musicians, regardless of age and previous experience.
Chase addresses the needs of developing musicians in a manner that is understandable and relevant. My students were thrilled to work with someone who understands their learning curve.
Tuning Tactics teaches you to listen. In just a short time, I've witnessed strong improvement in my students' awareness. Tuning Tactics makes good intonation attainable for all!
Chase Sanborn has a natural gift for engaging and involving an audience. He shares a wealth of honest and knowledgeable information about music and the music business.
Brass Tactics offeres authoritative instruction balanced with sage and homely advice. It shows you how to handle yourself in any professional or amateur situation. No trumpet player should be without this book!

Mental Focus

Brass players get caught up in the physical body aspects of playing-lungs, fingers, lips and tongue. We often forget the crucial role of the brain. 15 minutes of practice time with full concentration produces better results than an hour of mindless, repetitive practicing. Here are some tips for achieving mental focus:

• A metronome insists on accurate rhythm. It also helps coordinate all the muscles involved with an initial attack or a change of pitch.
• A tuner reminds you to pay attention to the pitch placement of each note. Trying to hold the visual display steady develops breath control.
• Recorded ‘drones’ provide an aural pitch reference, a sort of intervallic ‘guide post’.
• Mirrors help you concentrate on proper posture and effective embouchure manipulation.
• Record your practice session. Listen critically.
• Practice small sections of music with many repeats. Strive for technical improvement and enhanced musical expression.
• Practice in short blocks of time. Concentrate!
• Slow down! Slow, careful practice generates maximum improvement.
• Subdue room lighting. Minimize distractions.
• Picture a bulls-eye target on each note. Aim for the dead center. When you miss, determine the cause. (Too high? Too low?) Consciously adjust your aim on the next attempt.
• When you miss a note, stop and determine what you were thinking about. Often you’ll find your mind is on notes that have happened already, or notes to come, or something else altogether. Each note requires your full attention.
• Be as aware of reduced mental focus as you are of tired lips. Work your mind as hard as your body, and provide adequate rest time for both.

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