Advise I could have given?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by ConnMan36B, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. ConnMan36B

    ConnMan36B New Friend

    Feb 27, 2007
    The United States
    Hello all,

    This could be a long post, so I'll give the Reader's Digest version..........

    I played in church last Sunday
    Was approached by High Schooler with range problem ( no double C yet? )
    I gave simple safe answers as I don't pretend to be a teacher
    Kid insisted there was something very wrong with him
    I let him play a chromatic on my horn, air only, no tongue
    The kid found he does have decent chops
    I told him play chromatic again using tongue
    Kid starts getting weak at the C and dies at G
    I tell kid to get good teacher
    Kid asks me for more advise / solution
    I tell kid to get good teacher
    Kid leave upset
    I leave a little upset not knowing how to help

    What should I have done? I have no idea what's causing this kid's problem, how did he expect me to help him fix a problem I don't know the cause of?

  2. Tootsall

    Tootsall Fortissimo User

    Oct 25, 2003
    Yee HAW!
    Provide kid with tm website address and get him to ask Manny.... or Chuck or Pat or Alex or.............
  3. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    You did just fine! You pointed him in the right direction -- he should know now that something is wrong with his tonguing. What is that exactly? At this point, nobody knows, but the kid should know he should practice his chromatic scale, tongued, until it works. He wanted a quick fix (we all do) and you gave him one -- one that requires some work on his part. Waaah! Good job!
  4. Richard Oliver

    Richard Oliver Forte User

    Jul 18, 2006
    Casper, WY

    Maybe he'll nose around some more. Play some duets maybe. Make some music if he wants to and forget about "showing the guys in band" a thing or two. Which is what's driving his query in the first place, I suppose.

  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Great job!
    If you are not a teacher, and don't pretend to be one, there is no grief. You did a wonderful thing in working with him.
    Patience is also a virtue. Many kids are used to their parents jumping every time they want something.
    It is a common misconception that with trumpet playing you don't have the cheats that can be downloaded.
    Keep up the helpful stance. It is also something worth passing on!

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