Sympathy for the less fortunate

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by gzent, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. veery715

    veery715 Utimate User

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    And because you moderate in moderation. Not too little, or too much - just enough. The ray does the rest.
     
  2. gzent

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    Well, thanks Dr. Mark!

    I'm OK. I think if I had to I could make a living playing the trumpet with about a year's worth of weekly lessons from
    a good pro to learn what I don't know. Well, that and major luck to find a good paying gig.

    Could I get a spot in a top tier orchestra? No way, and that wouldn't be my bag anyway.
    The few times I've subbed in an orchestra I could tell it wasn't the brass that were the attraction, or perhaps,
    the brass seemed like an after-thought? Don't know, just didn't seem like something I'd enjoy at any rate.

    The classic horn/rock bands are my favorite, as well as playing 2 book in a big band, cause that's where all the
    improv. solos are, my strength, I suppose.

    Although, I really enjoy my quintet, but I'd guess there are only a handful of quintets in N. America that make enough
    $ to live on. But, again, there are 1000's of great players out there that all want to do the same thing. It takes some
    serious cajones to dedicate oneself to being a pro trumpet player these days.

    If I didn't need the money I would perhaps give it a shot, but I'm too old to compete with the young guns without a
    safety net...plus the wife wouldn't tolerate me being away from home all the time. It's busy enough being in 4 groups.

    It would be real fun to meet the TM folks behind the screens some day and share stories and beverages.
     
  3. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

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    Once again, VB knows exactly the right comment. Were you a shrink in another life?
     
  4. kingtrumpet

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    Yes - we have several community band members who are in 4 or 5 different groups - there are at least 2 out of the 7 I know could be pros - but age and a comfy homelife have taken that away from being an option. Two of them have been on a couple of CD's, but that's as far as they want to persue the pro part of music - both told me - they are happy with volunteering for community bands, jazz bands, local small groups and such
     
  5. Vulgano Brother

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    Send me $50 and I'll let you know!

    From what I understand of reincarnation, some claim that once a male, always a male. I could have moved up from a violist, or down from a....a....come to think of it, trumpeters are at the top of the heap. If I'm not careful I'll come back as a urologist.
     
  6. kingtrumpet

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    Now me - music is hard for me - but I still enjoy it - a local community band is going to play my recent full band score in a spring concert - that may be my finest moment ever in music - it was tough getting to this point. - the point I'm making is old or not - try to enjoy wherever you are in music and help others achieve their goals also
     
  7. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

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    On TM I've tried to share what I have learned, even though I've learned more than I've taught.
    This forum is priceless for the "part time" trumpet geek.

    VB: $50 ? What, that will get you like 10 minutes with a shrink?
     
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  9. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

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    Bob is a unique treasure!ROFL
     
  10. Sethoflagos

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    Just a knee-jerk reaction to a moderately, possibly unintentionally, insulting original post, Greg. I'm glad you've found the instrument that meets all your musical needs. Hope it continues to do so for many years to come.
     

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