coulda, woulda, shoulda

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by HHansontrpt, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. HHansontrpt

    HHansontrpt New Friend

    Nov 1, 2005
    Hello, trumpeters!

    I've known all along, but it really became clear to me after participating in the Tanglewood orchestra this summer, that I NEED to study music. It's just something I HAVE to do. (I'm sure most of you understand.) Since you can't talk me out of it.....

    What are the most important things I need to know, think about, or do at college as a trumpet performance major? (things you wish you had done, things you're glad you did, etc.)

    Thank you all for your helpful insight.

  2. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

    Sep 29, 2004
    Hi, Claire...

    I'm glad I:

    Studied with a great teacher who produced many working students

    Went to a school that afforded me the chance to play with terrific young musicians

    Got to work for great artists in the field

    Listened a lot.

    I wish I had:

    Gone to more live concerts

    Taken advantage of more competitions

    Believed I was capable of more than I did.

  3. HHansontrpt

    HHansontrpt New Friend

    Nov 1, 2005
    Thanks for the helpful input! It really means a lot to have advice coming from the top.
  4. B15M

    B15M Forte User

    Dec 30, 2003
    Monroe Ct.
    I wish that I had not second guessed my teacher based on what other students said to me.
  5. Rick Chartrand

    Rick Chartrand Piano User

    Nov 22, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Welcome to TM Claire

    I'm glad I...

    Studied my advanced theorie

    Developed my ear very well

    Met Miles Davis as an inspiration in 1990

    Put in at least 3 hours a day studying/playing for my first 6 years

    I wish I'd have...

    Studied triple tounging more diligently in the first years

    Learned to sight read VERY complex passages rather than settling for average

    Wish I'd have taken time out to go see more live Jazz in my early years

    Best of luck Claire. Your footer says alot about you! :cool:
  6. tpter1

    tpter1 Forte User

    Jan 12, 2005
    Northern New York
    Listen. To everything. Go to all kinds of recitals and concerts. Take a composition class or 2. Even if you never become a composer or have no intention of composing, it shows you how and why they make the choices they do and will give you a better understanding of what's taking place around you. Learn history, work hard on your aural skills. Most importantly, learn to manage your time, and do not be afraid to say "no" on occasion.

    Enjoy your surroundings; maintain your focus on your goals, but take time to look around you and notice everything.
  7. Billy B

    Billy B Pianissimo User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Des Moines, IA
    I wish I had stayed away from drugs and alcohol.
  8. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

    Sep 29, 2004
    It takes some serious guts to say that in public, Billy... you have my deep respect.

  9. Anonymous

    Anonymous Forte User

    Oct 21, 2003
    I wish I had worked up transposition earlier and in each key.

    Oh, here's a good idea to get you playing during college and maybe even bring in some money. Get the phone book and call churches around your area. Tell the organist that you would like to play at a service and you're not going to charge them. But the catch is that you can pick the music (within reason). This does a few things:

    -gets you an 'in' with all the local organists so they can get you weddings
    -kicks your butt into preparing for a performance all the time on music that you want to play and learn
    -you might even get a sympathy payment from them (or maybe not)

    Just an idea.

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