Getting back in the game

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by nexus99, May 25, 2010.

  1. ComeBackKid

    ComeBackKid Fortissimo User

    May 11, 2009
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Welcome to the returning player's club. There are a lot of us here and there is a lot of advice (some good, some not-so-good) to be found if you spend some time browsing the threads. Just remember, it could be worse. One of our comeback players was off for 53 years. But, we just think of it as a long series of rests between notes. While you're shopping, buy several trumpets. That's what I did (started with only one) and it has really made my comeback much faster than it would have been otherwise.:thumbsup:
  2. Jackson Arch

    Jackson Arch Piano User

    Mar 6, 2010
    "While you're shopping, buy several trumpets."

    Are you married...?:shock: It was the loaded trumpet case that fell out of the closet last night which prompted her to ask, "where did you get that one?". I honestly could not remember...I do now, but it is too late now. When I blink, I can still see that "look".
  3. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    My wife once gave me that look - quick as a flash I asked how many needles, pins, and scissors she had - I AM STILL PAYING FOR IT. :shock:
  4. Buck with a Bach

    Buck with a Bach Fortissimo User

    Dec 29, 2009
    Canton, Ohio
    Just the mention of "The Look " makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up!:roll::-?:shhh::oops:
  5. MFfan

    MFfan Fortissimo User

    Sep 13, 2006
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I know how that goes! Sort of like getting the "ray" from Benny Goodman must have felt to the offending musician.

    My wife works in a retail fabric shop and has a huge stash of fabrics and stuff down here in the basement , across from my "cave" area. We make it a point also not to criticize each others interests as they frequently intersect to the benefit of both parties. Of course, it helps that she is talented flutist, organist and pianist and has similar musical tastes to mine, also playing music together for 39 yrs.:thumbsup:

    By the way, I have been listening for hours of Maynard I have on the computer and that plays through Realplayer continuously. Much inspiration and reasons to be humble listening to examples in various stages of his career.:play:
  6. Asher S

    Asher S Pianissimo User

    Sep 20, 2009
    Suburban Boston
    As someone who also recently returned to playing trumpet after 20+ years of inactivity, may I suggest that you start with a lesson with a good teacher, if for no other reason than to check your embouchure and prevent the (re)introduction of bad habits?

    The right technique goes a long way towards helping with tone, range and especially stamina...
  7. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight Pianissimo User

    Apr 7, 2010
    I belong to another website "" which has a vintage stereo forum. The posts regarding collecting vintage stereos are nearly identical to what I am reading about collecting additional trumpets, especially "sneaking" them past the wife.

    Before joining, I never even considered getting another trumpet, nor did I have trumpet envy. Now, I would like to own a second trumpet but I gotta save a little at a time for it. I could never sneak one in the house. My wife could spot a new egg timer 50 meters away.

    At any rate.....welcome back!!!


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