Practice at Work

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Mark B, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    I'm jealous!
     
  2. Mark B

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    I could probably wring 45 minutes of practice from my lunch if I stayed in my office.

    I actually did give some thought to buying a pocket trumpet to play in the car, but now is not the time. Given that my trumpet collection has expanded from one to four plus a cornet in a matter of a few months, there has been increased murmuring about obsessive compulsive behavior around my house.:dontknow: I don't know where that's coming from; I can justify each and every horn. I can also justify each and every bicycle in the garage, both fully functional and frames/parts. So, I think this OC talk is pure nonsense.

    I think next week, the Reynolds will go to work with me along with the silent brass. When my lunchtime comes, I will close my door and work on my assigned technical studies along with some Clarke exercises. I should easily get 30-45 minutes worth of work and still have time for some lunch. On days I'm just not feeling it, I will go for a walk, or do something other than sitting around.

    Thanks for all the great input, I appreciate it!

    Mark
     
  3. tobylou8

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    I wouldn't be concerned about OCD. That's really a poor diagnosis, whoever :roll: described it that way. You have to watch out for N+1 syndrome. N means whatever horn(s) you have now, +1 means you need just one more. Some posters have horns running into the triple digits!!! I am only in the mid to upper teens (I think :dontknow:). Enjoy your practice time! :thumbsup:
     
  4. BrotherBACH

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    Like TrumpetMD, the first practice session is always at work (about an hour). I use this to do all the annoying (to my family) exercises like long tones. At night when I am at home, I do the Clarke's stuff because it is melodic and played softly. The family apprecaites the effort.

    BrotherBACH
     
  5. Mark B

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    You know... I catch so much grief and it's NOT my fault! Who knew I would have a trumpet given to me? Who knew I would find a like-new Reynolds that needed rescuing from the pawn shop? Who knew I would find a pro-level horn at such a ridiculously low price? These things and others were way beyond my control!

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    Mark
     
  6. VetPsychWars

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    You could play the cornet in the car if that works for you.

    Tom
     
  7. tobylou8

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    I got your back brother! :D
     
  8. The Kraken

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    For the last 17 months I have practiced in my truck everyday for a solid 75 minutes, I use a Silent Brass System, if you get one of these, ditch the head phones as they are poor quality, I use my IPOD head phones and they work great.

    First I do a warm up about 15 minutes

    Second I incorporate long tones into range extension exercises - 15 - 20 minutes - ala Charles Colin

    Third I practice the " Variations on Clarke’s Second Study, Volume One " - 30 - 45 minutes.

    Fourth I warm down with pedal tones

    In the evenings it can last up to 1-2 more hours of scales, arpeggios, intervals, music.

    All in all hard concentrated practice is the key no matter how long.
     
  9. jdostie

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    The trouble with practicing in the car is two-fold:
    1. Posture
    2. Improvised music stand/steering wheel or other exacerbates #1 Posture.

    However, a car seems like a great practice booth in terms of sound . . .
     
  10. The Kraken

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    On item #2 - I sit in the passenger side seat and adjust the seat all the way back, open the glove compartment and it becomes my music stand. Bingo !!:play::thumbsup:

    As for item #1 ? Just make sure you back is straight, never a problem. :play:

    Oh!! for my car practice forgot to mention I only use a Pocket trumpet, alot of room!!
     

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