I am Yoshida, president of Yamada Shusei Ltd., a professional apparel garment repair group in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture.
The two things I started learning after I turned 50 are "calligraphy" and "trumpet". Both are a challenge in themselves to continue.
You may laugh, but as for the trumpet, the online lesson on August 7 was my first in a year, and I can only thank my teacher for accompanying me.
It has been a long time since I had a lesson, and I realized something again.
(1) What you can't visualize, you can't shape.
If you do not have an image of the sound you are trying to produce in advance, the sound will be unstable. It is important to have an image in your mind of the kind of sound you want to produce, before you start with the technical details of finger shape, mouth shape, and tongue position.
(2) Whether or not you can sing before you know whether or not you can blow.
There are many similarities between playing the trumpet and singing in terms of breathing and using one's breath to make sound.
(3) Tension in the mind is transmitted to the body.
Even if you have an image in your mind, if you think it will be difficult to produce this sound, anxiety and tension will be transmitted to your body and unnecessary tension will arise, preventing you from producing the sound properly. Start with what you can do and work your way up. It is important not to overdo it, depending on the day's conditions.
(4) Have fun!
I am able to continue playing thanks to your advice. He said, "In your case, you have the characteristic of being able to produce a very beautiful sound when you play in a calm and relaxed state. Please practice with a more conscious awareness of that beauty.And it would be great if you enjoy just playing the trumpet rather than 'practicing hard,' and the content happens to be basic exercises and tunes.
After my first lesson in a while, I once again felt the same way about my work.
Performance = What ？ x How do you feel？
We tend to focus on the technical aspects, but the "mind-building" of imagining and relaxing with a positive attitude is the essential element that determines performance, regardless of whether it is work or performance.
I will continue to be patient with the trumpet, and I hope to use the "mind-building" perspective to help improve my workplace.