Playing solos

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Myshilohmy, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Pseudonym

    Pseudonym Pianissimo User

    May 23, 2009
    Do you know the other part? You can record their part, and can play it back to use it as a practice tool.
  2. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

    Jun 10, 2008
    Woodlawn, VA
    I, too, used to dread playing solos because I was afraid that i would play poorly and embarass myself. However, the more times I played, the easier it became and the less nerves I had to overcome. Now I'm at the point where it's like getting on a roller coaster before the ride (one that you've ridden before, no surprises). I have an anticipation and a slight quickening of my pulse, and I know that the excitement will sharpen my focus and help me to play better. Just keep playing every chance that you get. There just is NO substitute for experience.


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  3. Veldkamp

    Veldkamp Piano User

    Mar 29, 2004
    the Netherlands
    Most people get nervous because they're not focussing on what they should focus on: making music. As soon as you start focussing on other things, the musical aspect is forgotten and things start going worse from there.
  4. trpt2345

    trpt2345 Mezzo Forte User

    May 21, 2006
    Morelia, Mexico
    I found that after about the first 500 gigs I did that nerves didn't even enter into it any more. Just perform as much as you can and eventually the nervous thing will fall away.
  5. DanZ_FL

    DanZ_FL Pianissimo User

    Jun 16, 2009
    Clearwater, Florida
    Oh man, nervousness killed me in HS -- and it always crept up when I least expected it.

    For instance, state solo competition I was great on this piece I played (can't remember the name but it was some import my teacher had) -- but when I played it at a wind ensemble concert at school -- nervous to the point of bombing.

    Marching band was a different story though. We were winning state consistently (Indiana, '81 to '83) and it was such a team effort of the band that even when I had my solos I guess the drive to kick it out for the team overrode any personal vanity and fear. Or maybe it was essentially a more relaxed atmosphere compared to solo with piano accomp. only.

    Anyway, I feel for you with the nerves thing. They fade after a while thankfully due to everything mentioned above.
  6. KGillespie

    KGillespie New Friend

    Jun 2, 2009
    Well, you can do like Miles did and play giving your back to the audience :lol:

    Honestly, just experience, I think. It is normal to be a little scared, but that's the point when you got to do something, freeze or start playing? That's your call, and as far as I read you, you can do it great!, so why not to hear you?. :thumbsup:

    Try with some relaxation - mind blank exercises. It will be helpful.
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    The only reason to be scared is if you are not prepared. If you have your act together, there is no issue. If anything is left for chance, it will go wrong. Practice with the knowledge that EVERY NOTE COUNTS - EVEN THE LOW AND SLOW ONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. chetlives

    chetlives Pianissimo User

    Apr 18, 2009
    Van Nuys, CA
    It's all about sharing what you know. Your area of expertise is the trumpet. The audience doesn't know how to play, but you do. You should take confidence in that and play at every opportunity in front of an audience. And they will be more appreciative than judgemental, So you shouldn't have anything to worry about. All in all it's about the FUN of sharing what you know.

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