Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SmoothOperator, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

    Jul 14, 2010
    For ensemble work getting and maintaining the initiative is especially important for trumpet, as it is expected to be a lead instrument. What are good ways to do this, without turning people off... Playing high and loud is obvious but not necessarily appropriate for every occasion that you may want initiative.
  2. mgcoleman

    mgcoleman Mezzo Forte User

    Jun 22, 2010
    My expectations are for a lead to be:
    - organized
    - prompt
    - prepared
    - rock solid tempo
    - on task
    - killer sight-reader

    I think if someone exhibits those traits with a bit of personality, they're good to go.
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    The biggest part of LEADING is following. The section leader that "mothers" the section, makes sure that all are on the same page, helps the weaker get attention, allowing playing to be additive instead of just follow the leader.

    The BIGGEST mistake is trying to be higher and louder. Any creative second player can TRASH an egotistical lead with differences in intonation and timing as well as opening up a bit too early, FORCING the lead to work harder than necessary. Investment during the rehearsal is with the SECTION, not with your own playing. The lead player comes better PREPARED than the rest. A real lead player gets recognition without begging for it.

    Follow the needs of the section and you will be a lead player NEVER forgotten!
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2012

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