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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by isuckattrumpet, Mar 17, 2014.
How about: "When, is it bad to cheat on my wife?"
Circumstances, and a small measure of laziness, has meant that I have not practiced every day for some time now. My rather pleasing former development didn't suffer too much in the short term, but now, many weeks later, I am in serious trouble of not being able to even hit the notes accurately.
Been there done that Ted! NOT FUN!!
Lots of good (and funny) responses here. And Dr.Mark, I saw your original post -- I hope you know that my trumpet teacher lives almost an hour away and is not always available for my questions. I do, however, write down questions if I remember to and take them with me to my lesson every week so I can ask him. I do it so frequently now that we've allotted a certain amount of time just for me to ask questions during my lesson.
I used to ask a lot of questions to and I drive 2.5 hours to my lessons each week. (200km each way). Yes I am comitted. Rather a good teacher that can get me to where I want to be rather than a hopeless teacher that is local. Musicians are crazy this way lol.
I found however, do what is said, if something does not make sense, ask for clarrification on those points. Many things I still dont understand, but I can see with the practice routine trying to do 'whatever he said' is actually helping and I am starting to 'do' it even though I don't know exactly what I am doing, I just know it is happening by default. Strange.
Anyways, I don't practice on Sabbath each week. However I do play music that day. Basically only use it for music/songs, rather than technical work which I do 6 days a week.
Since practice is about muscular strength etc (kind of like Gym) then rest is a good thing.
I am about to make a shambles of everything.
I play lead trumpet in Detroit's busiest and most successful swing band, 14 musicians, a drummer and a vocalist.
I do all of the "trumpet feature" tunes. All of the Harry James, Bunny Berigan, Ziggy Elman, etc. solos.
I have been playing for 55 years.
I have no problems taking a day off. I occasionally take two day without touching the horn.
I have at times, not played for a week, and yet I pick up the horn and play a 4 set gig and no ones knows that I haven't been on the horn.
But that's just me.
Do NOT fear taking a day off from the horn.
First of all, I am awe stricken and amazed you can do this without performance consequences. Man, I wish I had that ability, but for me, isuckattrumpet after 1 day rest. I guess for me I have a trumpet addiction.
But even more cool in your comment is how you isolated the drummer and singer from the "musician" category. Again, you are a man wise beyond your years and speak nothing but the complete truth!
Calls 'em like I sees 'em!