Questions for part time players

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  1. B15M

    B15M Forte User

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    I am a part time player who tries to keep up my playing well enough to still play for money.

    I just wonder how I fit in with the rest of you.

    How often do you practice?
    How do you find time with a day job?
    When you practice, do you do things like Arban or Clarke or just play?

    I'll tell how I do it.

    I practice during the day when I work from home.
    When I'm on the road I bring a cornet with me and play when I can.
    The road stuff just keeps my lip going, I don't really learn anything.

    When I am home, I will play Arban and Charlier and Clarke.
    It's starting to get old for me. I think I need another book.

    On weekends, I play the same things and add recording myself.
    I have a lot of Music Minus One.
    I record a Concerto or whatever and my rest time is listening to see where I went wrong.
    Sometimes on a weekend I will record the same concerto 3 or 4 times.
     
  2. Bloomin Untidy Musician

    Bloomin Untidy Musician Piano User

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    It's a good point, even the good books become grinding after a while. Maybe the key is for you to start writing exercises around the principles of your technique books. I think creativity is the key. Hymn tunes can be done in many ways. Half speed, double speed, transposed, different dynamics/articulations, double/triple tongued to give a tremlo effect, or you could practice intervals by spreading the melody out across different registers. I suppose sky or our imaginations is the limit!
     
  3. Dale Proctor

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    I practice about an hour at night, averaging about 4 times a week. About 2 nights a week, I have rehearsals for various groups, and then there are the sporadic weekend gigs. I usually work on Arban and Schlossberg, and practice on trumpet as well as cornet.
     
  4. B15M

    B15M Forte User

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    I never cared for Schlossberg. I guess it must do something for you. While I was looking for my book I found Top Tones. I red through 3 of them and it was like watching a TV show that you saw a long time ago and couldn't remember what happens but as you go along, Oh Ya.
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I can recommend the Kopprasch Etudes as your next book.
    I play about 2 hours a day
    I have a pocket trumpet and silent brass for the road. I always try and focus on something special when I am on the road, lip trills, double tonguing scales, intervals > octave. If I don't, it is a waste of time for me.
    I treat myself to something special when I reach goals. Range or endurance are NEVER goals - a melody up high or the first movement of something finally memorized may be.
     
  6. B15M

    B15M Forte User

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    Can you give a link where I could order on line?
     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Hickeys ( Hickeys Music Center - Trumpet Studies & Etudes ) has them for instance:


    Kopprasch Selected Studies (60), op 6 v.1 (Gumbert & Herbst)
    Also known as "Etudes" or "Studies." These are the more common opus 6 studies, originally for Low [French] Horn. Includes numbers 1 through 34.
    Item: 11584
    $9.50

    Kopprasch Selected Studies (60), op 6 v.2 (Gumbert & Herbst)
    Also known as "Etudes" or "Studies." These are the more common opus 6 studies, originally for Low [French] Horn. Includes numbers 35 through 60.
    Item: 11585
     
  8. oohhh yeah

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    How much $ do you get?
     
  9. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    for what?

    The gigs I play in Germany pay from around €130 to €900 depending on the amount of rehearsal time and preparation that is necessary. I have colleagues that only free lance for a living. I enjoy the freedom of not having to play everything to stay alive.
     
  10. B15M

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    My gigs range from about 60.00 to about 800.00
     

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