Eyes closed or wide open ?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Dupac, Apr 11, 2011.

Eyes closed or open ?

  1. Always closed when not reading music

  2. Never closed

  3. It depends on circumstances

  4. I don't know

  1. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    As above, eyes open to monitor response of audience (and dodge tomatos). I do close them occasionally when I am trying to "see" another ii,v,i phrase to break it up a bit or thinking of a quote to put in, but after this is done, the eyes come open again.
  2. kcmt01

    kcmt01 Mezzo Forte User

    Sep 25, 2009
    Polson, MT
    In church, I watch the worship leader. At dances, I watch the crowd, and communicate with the rest of the band with eye contact. I want to make sure the drummer KNOWS the two measure break is coming up.
  3. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

    Sep 20, 2009
    New York State USA
    closed eyes a lot of the times. Even when I practice alone - I tend to close my eyes -- it helps me get in the zone. I mostly play in church functions, so the eyes closed thing works there. It is interesting -- I did my eyes open once, but I must have ended up looking cross-eyed because I just saw the Bell of the horn anyhow as the spotlights were on me and I couldn't see anything anyhow.
  4. TrumpetDreamerBoy

    TrumpetDreamerBoy New Friend

    Mar 27, 2011
    Planet Earth
    My eyes are always open, its just more natural for me to have my eyes open then closed, and also for me, when I'm really into the music even with my eyes wide open I'm not really conscious of my environment and don't really see anything.
  5. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Open eyes allow me to look at the audience and establish more communication. I can also stare down conductors. Fun stuff!
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2011
  6. Dupac

    Dupac Fortissimo User

    Aug 19, 2008
    Bordeaux, France.
    So the majority answered "it depends on circumstances". The better answer, to a not so good question, it seems. To conclude in that mood, let me take the example of "Trombone Shorty", in the last thread posted by Solar Bell : sometimes he plays closing his eyes, sometimes he opens them, but sometimes also he plays with eyes in the wave, or in the blue, if not in the blues... Sure : it depends on circumstances !
  7. Al Innella

    Al Innella Forte User

    Aug 9, 2007
    Levittown , NY
    I like to scope out the attractive females.
  8. Satchmo Brecker

    Satchmo Brecker Piano User

    Jul 19, 2010
    Well, there's another variation...eyes open, but no looking going on. I'm mostly talking about jazz combo/improv. Look at Wynton on youtube playing Caravan (or Arturo, Maynard, etc.). His eyes are open but he sure isn't seeing anything, he's in some other world.
  9. EL_JMAN

    EL_JMAN Pianissimo User

    Sep 14, 2010
    So Cal (San Diego)
    Since I'm a charro or mariachi, I have to memorize my music. I depends if I have my eyes closed or open. Usally when I'm into a song, digging it and feeling it, I have my eyes closed. If its just a boring gig and I not into it, tend to have my eyes open and look around....
  10. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    Were I to stand close to the footlights or have a spotlight on me, then it would be natural for me to close my eyes, and I agree that it sometimes enhances my hearing (or imagination ... the ethereal step from reality where I play from my soul). Often in bright sunlight when I sounded TAPS, my eyes were closed and sometimes even when the sun didn't shine, whereas for me such is a melody that always must come from the soul of the player.

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