I gave advice today...

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Shoe, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. Shoe

    Shoe Pianissimo User

    May 16, 2012
    Western North Carolina
    I gave this advice to a guy wanting one of my trumpets for jazz, he is a true beginner. I gave this advice
    Fom students to future student, let me give you some advice:
    1. Your going to suck. Hard . Its gona sound like a dying duck s&#ting a boat for the first few days. Every one does. Its only natural. Especially a true beginner. Go to tempo, and buy a book, its gona be like essential elements or somthing like that with a play along DVD for 10 bucks. Your gona feel dumb playing Mary had a little lamb, but you gotta start small.
    2. Lean all the counting. Jazz is straight subdivision of notes, and that is all counting. I know it sound like nonsence, but its essential. Jazz has a different subdivision from "straight" playing, and you will need to know both. Its hard at first, but it comes. Slowly.
    3. Join trumpetmaster or trumpet herald . Com. Its full of experts that can help in every way.
    4. Be confident, and never get frustrated. Practice an hour a day, and do not let it piss you off or defeat you. You have to just keep on, no matter how bad it may be.
    5. Just love playing. Its simple, but people forget
    Good luck!

    Well, I hope I helped this guy out. And I wish him well on all the future playing he will do.
  2. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

    Mar 21, 2006
    None of that advice is as important as telling the person to find a teacher.
  3. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

    Jul 5, 2010
    Vienna, Austria, Europe
    You should have offered him lessons at a reduced rate!
  4. rankamateur

    rankamateur Mezzo Forte User

    May 1, 2013
    Merry Ol' England
    I'd also add to that list:

    6. Ignore people who make negative comments just to be nasty and 'funny' when you are learning. Don't let them spoil your dream. Some people just want to drag you down, like school bullies, but don't let them. You've got to suck at first to learn anything. Obviously, constructive comments from well-meaning teaching or mentors should be heeded.
  5. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

    May 14, 2011
    Hawaian homey
    What? If you've lost pounds in the previous several months, you don't have to pay as much? Cool!
  6. bach37

    bach37 Pianissimo User

    Dec 1, 2011
    Beginners do not "suck" at playing trumpet. Anyone who want to pick up a trumpet and learn to play should be commended. Small community don't scare him off.
  7. Shoe

    Shoe Pianissimo User

    May 16, 2012
    Western North Carolina
    I didn't mean it like that. I ment it as when you start, you are not going to play or sound like a pro, and not to expect or be disheartened when you can't pick up a horn and play carnival of Venice.
  8. Shoe

    Shoe Pianissimo User

    May 16, 2012
    Western North Carolina
    Ah, I forgot that.
  9. TerryR

    TerryR Pianissimo User

    Jun 3, 2012
    Quakertown PA
    Tell them that Terry says that "the trumpet has a steep learning curve".
  10. motteatoj

    motteatoj Mezzo Forte User

    Feb 23, 2013
    Tuckahoe, NY
    Please share this link with him.....

    The Jazz Method for Trumpet (Tutor Book & CD): John O'Neill: 0073999214642: Amazon.com: Books

    In all honesty this book is the reason I chose trumpet over trombone. I actually was aiming to learn trombone.
    I am an adult learner, and at 45 I had no desire to play Mary Had a Little Lamb.
    This book is paced perfectly, keeps interest, and hits all the jazz technique.
    Of course an instructor and lessons are key, but quite frankly if I had to start with Essential Elements I might not be playing anything right now. There are very few books targeted at beginning lessons for adults, and this one nails it.
    I'm about half way through after six months (also working in Arbans and Clark and a few other tools). For the music theory part have him get a dummies or for idiots book (I got the idiots one and loved it).

    Seriously, I can't say enough good things about this book and adult beginners of any age (say 16+).

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