How Quick To Get the Chops Back?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trickg, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. trickg

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    Hey everyone - I'm foisting another video on you. I was doing some playing with recordings tonight and I played along to L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole, coming in right before the trumpet solo and playing it through to the end. I like to play with recordings because it forces me to listen to external intonation, and it helps with timing and that kind of thing.

    So here's a vid - again not perfect, but kind of fun.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvkYWjXsE3s
     
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    KT... YOU are WAY too kind... but you left out yet another Best of the Best... Chuck Willard... Solar Bell lights the way!
     
  4. trickg

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    Chuck is the real deal - at one point he was in the Navy band at the US Naval Academy here at Annapolis. You don't make that band unless you are a serious player and at a level above anything I ever accomplished as a player. I auditioned for that band about 7 years ago and tanked it horribly. I mean a total crash and burn. I was playing pretty well at the time but I just couldn't get a handle on my nerves and I simply fell apart. This isn't to say that I would have made it - it was kind of a long shot under the best of circumstances - but the nerves certainly didn't help!
     
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    FYI -- chuck and I DON'T communicate --- therefore he is not included in the list. THEN AGAIN GM, you are my HERO, and of course TrickG has inspired me in the past (before he became a trumpet QUITTER -- but then again, I see that did little to tarnish his reputation, and did little to tarnish his GLADIATOR image with me -------------so the moral of the story is ----- once you impress the Kingtrumpet, he stalks you ((UHMM I meant to say -- you remain HIGH on the HERO list, unless you do something incredibly ridiculous, where I need to disown you. ROFL ROFL ROFL (but Onady and Gleason -- I find it would be difficult to disown such fine friends) ---- this wasn't a slam to Mr. Willard, surely he is a fine player (according to his youtube stuff that I viewed -- this was just a commentary on Onady and Gleason, my fine trumpet playing friends) ROFL ROFL ROFL

    Of course GM (you might remember in my last CD to you -- I tried to emulate the Harry James tune that Chuck Willard did in one of his youtubes --- of course, I only had half of the song, and OBVIOUSLY 4 years on a comeback -- DOES NOT MAKE ME A HARRY JAMES, or a chuck willard) but I tried!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    GREAT -- now I got to try to get back to the solid High A ----- and be able to play that in a song ----- and my Dr. says I need to take a few weeks on EASY TRUMPET playing. GOOD thing I have an appointment tomorrow --- I am going to tell her there is NO pain in my broken back, so she can take me off the "light trumpet play" list. ROFL ROFL ROFL
     
  7. trickg

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    No videos tonight - just a quick note about playing and practice. It would seem that I knocked most of the dust off the first few days, but now the real work begins to polish it up, and like polishing a trumpet with all the little nooks and cranies, it going to take time. Tonight was just basics again - lots of lip slurs, tonguing exercises and scales, and while there are some shiny spots, overall there is still a lot of tarnish that needs to be targeted and dealt with. I know - kind of a cliche analogy considering the forum we are on, but it fits.

    At times I feel like I'm right on, and then the next time I put the horn up, it's a miss. Of course I knew what I was getting into when I started back up, and that it was going to take some time to bring it back to where I left things. Then again, even back then I had my good days and bad days, and things weren't always consistent. It's the curse of the weekend warrior. I didn't have this problem back in my early 20s when I was doing it for a living full time, but then again, I was also playing for hours every day and didn't have all of the life distractions I've had for say...the last 20 years? (celebrated 20 years married this last summer.) I probably shouldn't call my wife a "life distraction" - I'm not sure she'd like that. :D
     
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    What kind of m/piece? Looks a Bach something or other. A good F, nice blowin'!

    Sometimes I think that the comeback time for the weekend musician can be much reduced if he's already familiar w/a shallower m/piece.

    One little thing I learned just last week is that the 2nd book in a big band can be harder than the first. Even w/out the expected jazz soloing. Harder to project the harmonies what w/the lead player on top.
     
  9. trickg

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    The mouthpiece I'm using, and the main mouthpiece I have used for a long time, is a Schilke 14A4. If things break the right way and I wind up gigging again, this is the mouthpiece I'll use.

    For me, I always preferred playing 3rd and 4th book in a big band. I never cared for lead - for my chops it was just too much work and I never felt like I really gave it what it needed. For 2nd, my ability to solo is pretty "eh" so I carved out a niche for myself playing 3rd and 4th, and besides, a good 3rd or 4th player (particularly 4th) can make life easier for the lead player, so there is a knack to that unto itself.
     
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    Wow -- just got back from my Doctor -- she gave me the green light to Play the trumpet!!!! -- she says, you can play the trumpet and trombone as much as you can tolerate. THIS TIME you fell, you didn't break anything, However, you have degenerative vertebrae -- so the pain will continue. You have multiple fractures that have fused themselves together over the years, and it is a good thing you came in to get the X-rays ----WE have something to go on next time.
    SO --- looks like KT even with a BROKEN BACK, or at least broken in multiple places in the past (and according to the Dr., quite possible to break it in the future) -- STILL might be able to catch up with you HEALTHY guys!!! I will give a whirl over the next few weeks, and see what I can do!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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