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!

Set A Musical Budget

In business, a company will set a sales budget for the coming year. By projecting a reasonable expectation of growth, the company can compare goals to actual results throughout the year. You can set a musical budget. Your goals can be long-term, i.e., things you hope to accomplish in the next year, or short term, things you hope to accomplish in the next hour.

I tell my students to learn one new tune a week, and one short phrase a day in 12 keys. A year from now, they should know 52 new tunes, and 365 new musical phrases. By any measure, this is a substantial accomplishment, yet the daily requirement of time is minimal. It just goes to show the difference between doing a little each day, and doing none: at the end of the year, the cumulative total is significant.

Before the practice session, decide what you plan to work on. Think about what you practiced yesterday—keep track with a practice log—and practice something different today. For example: If you did long tones yesterday, play flexibilities today. If you worked on double tonguing yesterday, work on triple tonguing today. If you practiced a technical etude yesterday, pick a lyrical study today. You don’t have to practice everything every day, but you do have to practice everything every week.

When practicing an etude, work on short segments, say 4-8 bars, with many repeats. As you play the same segment over and over, you become increasingly familiar with the notes, and the order in which they appear, much as you become familiar with each turn on an oft-traveled road. The ingrained muscle memory allows you to increase speed without sacrificing accuracy, and address musical concerns beyond playing the notes. In ten minutes, you sound like a better player. Long term growth consists of many short term accomplishments.

By setting a musical budget, you remind yourself what is on your agenda, give yourself something to strive for, and provide a way to measure your progress. Aim high!

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