How do i make my brother practice his trumpet?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bach2112, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. jiarby

    jiarby Fortissimo User

    May 7, 2011
    Oooh... six scales AND a D? Doesn't practice? Sounds like a future barrista to me.
  2. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    McDonalds probably has openings too.

    Seriously, as if that isn't serious enough, forget the scales and the highest strongest note for the moment - see if you can get him to just play tunes with you. Remind him, with your music, that the fun is in the arrangements - see if you can get him to work with you on the really enjoyable stuff - the rest will come - he already knows he has off days - he's told you, as do golfers who don't practice, teachers who don't teach a lot, doctors who .... oh hang-on, doctors are always practicing ... . Anyhow, it has to be fun for us to find our purpose, when we find the purpose - the practice becomes a necessary no-brainer. You can't force people to do what they don't want to do - so try to do the opposite, get him to do what he enjoys - the rest is up to him - but keep his lip in if you can.

    You might try challenges - who can play the longest, lowest, most staccato note, the best slurred scale, the most accurate initial pitch - then attack a few duets - he might come around. Of course you could introduce him to TM, and then let KT sort him out with stories of sharks and Aussie blonde beauties, or Turtle with tales of the Shed, or Robin with descriptions of natural trumpets, perhaps Stuart with the reality of Drop Bears?
  3. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

    Nov 7, 2009
    San Pedro
    It's all about what motivates him ... sounds like prodding isn't working.
    You might find some killer trumpet tunes to play around the house
    like this "back in the day"
    Open up wide by Bill Chase
  4. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio
    You need to have passion to continue. Try to get at your brothers current level of passion for music and use reflective examples that work toward toward that passion. AND if he cannot express passion for music (or the trumpet), saying it in another way as did A.N.A... Don't waist your time.
  5. bamajazzlady

    bamajazzlady Mezzo Forte User

    May 16, 2011
    Preaching without practicing anything is never good and your brother has to want to practice for reasons known only to him once you ask him why is he now unmotivated and also show him and tell him that if he wants to be good at trumpet and anything else in life he has to work hard as practice doesn't make perfect but does make one a real musician. Ask him what are his favorite genres of music and once he tells you find some horn heavy examples if you can and go from there.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2012
  6. mgcoleman

    mgcoleman Mezzo Forte User

    Jun 22, 2010
    Perhaps you might approach your band director for some assistance. The director apparently believes their is a certain level of ability there and it might do well if the director was to make the point your brother should continue to strive to become a better player.
  7. coolerdave

    coolerdave Utimate User

    Nov 7, 2009
    San Pedro
    summer band programs camps .. trumpet workshops
  8. sj3209

    sj3209 Piano User

    Nov 22, 2006
    Amador County, Calif.
    Thanks. I had hoped someone would say that.
  9. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

    Dec 22, 2008
    You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink! Oldie but goodie.
  10. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

    Jan 28, 2011
    Dayton, Ohio

    You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her go to the symphony! An even older goodie from the oldest profession

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