Breaking it Down

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SmoothOperator, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

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    I have started intensively practicing certain songs, if I can't play them through all the way without a mistake. I take the parts that I can't get consistently, maybe a high arpegio, a tough interval or an especially rhythmic fast section, then I repeat those few notes over and over until I can get them to sound good. Does anyone else do this for practice?
     
  2. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    It would be my guess that pretty much everybody does this. The only discriminator is how often a section like that comes up. For some players here, it is more of a rarity than others.
     
  3. Bob Grier

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    I teach my students to isolate the problem and work it out. Then try and play it in context. rinse and repeat as necessary.
     
  4. richtom

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    Here are some of the thoughts of one of the greatest trumpeters to ever put a mouthpiece to his lips, Adolph Herseth. These are from Tim Kent's notes and while everything said can be applied, Herseth had a particular idea when playing difficult passages.
    Herseth lesson notes

    RT.
     
  5. amzi

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    When I first get a piece I look it over for any passages that look like trouble and I work them out (this includes getting into them and out of them--that context thing Bob mentioned). Then I go through the whole thing, noting any problem sections. After working them out I continue to give them special attention as a part of practice. Except for rehearsal and performance I don't play through an entire piece of music very often.
     
  6. Satchmo Brecker

    Satchmo Brecker Piano User

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    Wow, great stuff, thanks for posting. I especially like the one that gets repeated...Never practice, always Perform. Also the one about staying relaxed even in the high register. I was watching Arturo on youtube the other day and even as he's soaring it looks like he's barely exerting himself.
     
  7. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

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    Hmm. That is an interesting approach. Do you eventually commit the whole piece to memory?
     
  8. diego

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    I aways memorize the whole piece. I play trumpet for only 2 years but I still remember the scores I use to play on clarinet about 10 years ago.
    Some time my memory will get full, but I have a very big head ROFL
     

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