Playing the upper register on trumpet

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  1. mitzidemarco

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    Thank you. I appreciate that.
     
  2. mitzidemarco

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    Thanks to your comment here, I decide to play a little trumpet the other night. I have never had anyone say that about my horn playing. I don't really think too much when I play, I just play whatever's in my mind or heart or both. I grew up playing the trumpet to Louis Armstrong recordings so, to me, I thought that that is the way you play jazz trumpet. Louis is the reason I took up the trumpet back in 1989. I was 12 years old, the same age Louis started playing, and we studied him during Black History Month and right after we read his story in class, I signed up to play the trumpet. I like other trumpeters too like Al Hirt, King Oliibratover, Clifford Brown, and a few others I can't think of now but my style reflects a little on Louis' playing. The vibrato, the way my figures push the valves, my figures are straight out instead of curled, and I look up when I play high notes. So there are a lot of influences from Satchmo when I play. I do have my own style because, in 1997, a friend of mine told me that I should develop my own style instead of playing like Louis. "The World Already Had A Louis. The World Ain't Never Had Mitzi" he told me. That quote stuck with me forever. But anyway, I started to play again. At first, my lips were burning because I haven't played in 2 months but I guess I will try to get back in the habit. Thank you again for your comment and I am glad you like my playing. :)
     
  3. Ljazztrm

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    That’s great Mitzi - Your comments indicate to me that you really have a good sense on how to approach jazz. Some cats have a ‘natural sense’ about how to play jazz, and I think you are definitely one of them. I hope you get your dental issues sorted out and have many more years of happy jazz playing ahead of you! :-)
     
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  4. mitzidemarco

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    Once I get over my fear of the dentist, I will get my teeth sorted. As for the depression, I don't know because I'm not really good at opening up to people face to face and on top of that, I don't trust doctors. Like I said, my sense of jazz came from years of playing along with Louis Armstrong records. When I was in school, my solos would be jazz ones while others' were more what was played at those modern times. My music teacher even had a solo song for me to just improvise to called "Jazz for Satchmo". I was supposed to play it when I graduated from the 9th grade middle school but I didn't go in that day but I never forgotten the title of that tune.
     
  5. Ljazztrm

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    Good on you Mitzi.. I know several guys around my area who specialize in the traditional jazz genre. Maybe you've heard of Peter Ecklund and/or John Erik-Kelso. (Plays a lot with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks). They are pretty busy freelancing cats around my area in the trad jazz scene. All the very best, Lex
     
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  6. mitzidemarco

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    I've just started practicing the tune of "The Glory of Love" the one written by Billy Hill. It's a beautiful love song that I liked when I heard Jimmy Durante sing it. Actually, I've never heard of those cats but I'll look for their music online if there's any. All the best to you as well. :)
     

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