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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by ♠♥CORNET♣♦, Oct 9, 2015.
I mean thoroughly familiarize yourself with scales, arpeggios, patterns, etc, both by eye and by ear, so that you spend less time guessing and figuring out. Eventually the surprises you get will be about ideas, not execution. That's all.
Yep, agreed. Thanks for responding.
Thank you for all the great help!
Question, once you have played a piece of music many times in a band, do you still count/subdivide? Or do you just know how it goes?
It can be hard work, and demands concentration, but counting is essential.
Count no matter what. It's just like anything else, use it or loose it
With enough practice, the counting goes on instinctively and you don't always acknowledge it.
The more familiar you are with a piece, the less mental counting is needed and the music happens.
There will probably be spots where you know how things go and you can just feel it. But they will probably be followed by something that you really, really have to count - like 16.5 bars rest with a single attack on the "and" of 3, followed by another 9 bars rest and then a high, rapid passage. Be safe and count, and feel the counting.
I am surprised when I sit next to people in a band who consistently have the need to count measures rest when the music is in obvious phrases (for example 8 bar phrases in popular music).
But I am appalled by the insistence of some music writing software to group music (and bars rest) in fives or tens.
I count the measures rest to make sure that I'm not sucked into coming in early with the guy sitting next to me....