Getting Fit for your instrument takes a lot of preparation on many levels. Your preparation for your best performance is a combination of the right equipment, mental preparation, and physical preparation. In a recent interview, Denis Wick artist and social media phenomenon, Paul Nowell (Paul the Trombonist), shared some valuable tips on how he prepares for his best performance.
How do you “fit” yourself to the most healthy mouthpiece/mute for your situation?
Someone once told me that finding the right mouthpiece is like an eyeglasses prescription, you will know right away if it’s the right fit. I believe that there is some truth to this. I felt this way right away when I first played the Wick 6BS.
What are your most influential exercises for strength, endurance, etc.?
I think to successfully build your strength and endurance, a lot of the exercise is being an active performer. The more you perform, the more comfortable you will be. I often perform as much as I can in front of friends and family at parties. If I don't have a gig, I turn on the camera and perform in front of my online audience. When I write music or transcribe and learn other music, the process of learning this and obtaining the ability forces your body to build strength, endurance etc.
How do you practice getting mentally fit for the audition, performance, etc.?
I focus on my breathing and get in the mindset that the main goal is to share my love of music with anyone who is interested in sharing this experience with me. It should not be a stressful situation. In fact, it should be quite the opposite. Any time music is performed, it is the closest thing to magic and everyone listening should be honored that we are able to experience it together.