Playing again after 30 years

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by gord4862, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. lovevixen555

    lovevixen555 Banned

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    I know this is going to sound lame compared to all the advanced advice you are getting but here goes. I am useing the Method book that my son's school required we get for him. I am of course on a much more accelerated course of study then he is since he is 10 and it is all new to him. Once I get completly through that I am going to look at some of the advice you have been given today.

    Oh one thing I did was I put an old mouthpiece in each car and truck I own. So now if the wife wants me to drive her some place when I am waiting int he vechile I buzz to the radio. One day I must have gotten 2 hour's of extra buzz time in 5-10 minutes at a time. My wife hates to drive in bad weather so often ont he week ends if it is bad out she ask's me to drive her and the kids etc..... Sometimes I go inside with her but sometimes I wait in the car.
     
  2. Richard Oliver

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    25 years off here. Back 3 years. Do what everyone else said :)

    I began with a hymnal & Arban's. Added my old Schlossberg and Clarke shortly thereafter.

    Do you hanker to take lessons?
     
  3. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    Gord4862,

    I too had a (37 year) break, and have been back a while now. Every moment of immense frustration has been worth it. Fantastic.

    I started by borrowing my nephew's 2000 Fundamentals book (the one the kids use when first picking up the instrument) and a book on musical notation. I had to relearn how to read the little black notes - who'd've thought you could forget that stuff. I worked my way through the Fundamentals and shifted onto a publication I found on Google call the Comeback Trumpeter's Guide, which was very useful.

    More recently, having joined a couple of local bands (before I thought I was ready), I am getting good value from the Rich Willey - Focal Point publication.

    Listen closely to the other comeback players here - they have been an inspiration to me, and I continue to learn from them daily.

    Only last night I discovered what it was like to play in one of the oldest churches in Australia, The Garrison Church - in The Rocks, Sydney, where we played a Christmas programme in support of the local school.

    Your journey will take a while, suck the greatest enjoyment from every part of your experience, it will keep you young.
     
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    This would never work for me. When my wife is in the car, I am supposed to listen to her, not the radio. I would also get an earful when the spit started running out of the mouthpiece onto my clothes or the carseat. Don't get the idea that my wife is a nag, she's not. She just likes the same quality time that I give my trumpets.............................

    I used to have about 6 feet of 1/2" plastic tubing with a bell on the end in the car. When driving by myself, it was a genuine, imitation natural trumpet and I could play along with tapes or cds.
     

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