Bombed my solo :(

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SpiritDCI08, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. MJ

    MJ Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 30, 2006
    Get back on that horse!
  2. oldlou

    oldlou Forte User

    Aug 28, 2005
    Grand Rapids, Mi.
    As Raphael Mendez stated, " no soloist is ready to perform until he can play totally from memory the music to be performed, and, without any error". My interpretation of this is to totally wrap myself in the music that I am playing, so that I have no concept of whatever audience I might have, just a complete joy in my music. As an example of this, I will be playing first trumpet in a 10 piece brass ensemble to accompany the 1,400 congregants at a hymnsing this coming Sunday evening. They will sing all, or most of the verses of at least a dozen 'old favorite' hymns. I look forward to these hymnsings every other month, and play with joy. I am NOT playing for the congregants, but, as a form of praise to my Lord.

  3. Jurandr

    Jurandr Pianissimo User

    Feb 23, 2008
    A mistake is only a mistake if you don't learn from it. It's OK to be disappointed about your solo, but if you don't learn anything about performing from this, then this will just be a bad memory.
  4. gbdeamer

    gbdeamer Forte User

    Oct 16, 2008

    Look, in the grand scheme of life and your playing career, this will just be one minor blip on the radar. File away the bad and good performances, learn from them and move on. You've obviously got a great desire, and you hold yourself to a high standard, so better roads are ahead.

    Suck it up. Be better prepared next time. You've previously acknowledged that you tend to freeze up in situations, so do something about it. If you don't change some kind of behavior, then history will continue to repeat itself. Here's an idea, TOMORROW grab someone you don't hang with (a flute player, fooball player, a janitor...whatever) and play something for him.
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    we don't need a video of this, it doesn't benefit you or us.

    Rushing is normal when we are nervous. The pulse rate goes up and anything not nailed down is an easy target. The solution is in preparation. We need to practice slowly and accurately. Once we can play the pieces completely at a crawl, we can move the speed up. Bad rhythm is 100% the way we practice. We try to move forward too quickly. Slow your practice down and clean up all of the small details before advancing.

    Good luck next time.
  6. Jurandr

    Jurandr Pianissimo User

    Feb 23, 2008
    If you are having stage fright, I highly recommend joining the Speech team at your school. Not only is public speaking a great tool, but the best way to get used to being in front of people is by often being in front of people.
  7. FreshBrewed

    FreshBrewed Mezzo Piano User

    Nov 11, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Put it behind you. You know what you need to work on and that is all that matters. Everyone needs a lesson in being humble every once in a while anyway.
  8. Markie

    Markie Forte User

    Jan 4, 2009
    Clarksburg, WV
    Something I forgot to mention, you may want to purchase a Zoom H2 to record your practices. You can listen and critique yourself while traveling in the car
  9. Mahler Five

    Mahler Five New Friend

    Sep 8, 2007
    I saw an interview recently with 2 high school athletes. They were asked how they handle a loss. Their answer was "you just work hard the next day".

    In music, there is no "loss". People aren't there to count your mistakes, they just want to hear some good musical emotion. I'm sure your solo had some good parts in it that moved somebody.

    Keep you head high and just work hard tomorrow.
  10. Heidi

    Heidi New Friend

    Mar 27, 2009
    Southeast, GA
    I bombed a simple performance when I first started building my lips back up after my sinuses got real screwed up. It was really terrible and I cried for hours. Okay, maybe it wasn't for hours, but it felt like it. The people I did the 'performance' for have already asked me to come back and I accepted. I hope I do better this time and I know that I can. I hardly think I can do worse than last time.

    Just think of this as a low point to build from. I know it hurts, but I also know you have gained valuable insight and in the long run this will strengthen your abilities.

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