Practicing with other people

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  1. audwey11

    audwey11 Pianissimo User

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    Hello again!
    When I started playing trumpet, my father decided to pick up the trumpet again and relearn. While I enjoy practicing with him, we have slightly different styles meaning I sometimes don't practice the way I want to, so I find it more productive when I practice myself. How can I make this process more productive for me?
     
  2. rowuk

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    Enjoy the time with your dad! There will be a time when he is no longer there.

    That being said, we maximize the experience by being prepared. Practice more than once a day. Play duets with your dad during one session and work on your weaknesses during another.
     
  3. Ed Lee

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    Ditto with what Rowuk just stated. Too, versatility is an accomplishment.
     
  4. mgcoleman

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    First, be thankful your dad is actively interested and supportive.
    Second, steer some of those opportunities towards ensemble playing and take advantage of having another player handy. Duets, etc...anything that forces you to listen, match, blend, move, express the music together. That will be productive for you and him.
    Third, tell him you need to talk and politely explain you really need regular time alone to woodshed through stuff. All good players need focused practice time. I seriously couldn't imagine your dad being anything other than impressed at your dedication and desire to improve.
     
  5. bumblebee

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    Is your father a TM member too? Practising with your father sounds like a wonderful thing to do so I wouldn't try and diminish that -- which leaves the other option of spending more time practising yourself - add in extra sessions where you work on something alone (and perhaps you'll have to get out of the house to manage this).

    --bumblebee
     
  6. SteveRicks

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    Nothing wrong with practicing with your father and then doing some on your own. Years later you will likely look back as the playing time together as time well spent. Enjoy it. Also, grab some duets and have some fun.
     
  7. audwey11

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    My father is not a TM member, I often practice in between my other school band activities (brass quintet, jazz band, volunteering with the elementary band, helping the middle school jazz band, which is currently struggling.)
     
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  8. Ed Lee

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    Audwey11, I hope it is the middle school band that is struggling and not you. Too, I hope your instrumental music instructor/band director provides you a good reference letter should you pursue such forward through college. All this EXTRA effort should hold you in good stead. Still, do not neglect either your own practice and academic studies or the sharing with your Father as these really are your priority.
     
  9. gmonady

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    Absolutely, make your dad your Maine man!
     
  10. audwey11

    audwey11 Pianissimo User

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    They only have one trumpet (that is a middle schooler), three alto saxes, a trombone, a piano and drums. I believe that is the best thing I can do to help the once a weak.

    I could NEVER neglect my academics because I take all honors, plus a sophomore math class. If I slacked off of these priorities, I would suffer and feel really guilty!
     

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