The single best trumpet advise ever!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Walter, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Jimi Michiel

    Jimi Michiel Forte User

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  2. Walter

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    We have had a good number of posts on this thread....very thought provoking..

    I was encouraged to see the depth that Manny goes to in his forum on what seemed a very simple statement...."Strength is my enemy, weakness is my friend"

    Please keep them coming...

    Walter
     
  3. gtromble

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    Several great insights (to me) have come from James Thompson. One is to play the notes one at a time -- in other words, don't let the high note coming up on the next 1/8 note change how you play the note before it.

    I've applied this idea with a lot of success. Whenever I have trouble with a note (whether it's high or not) I focus on the note before it, and on making that note perfect. Almost always (OK, always) -- the note I had a problem with pops right out - because it is coming off of a perfectly centered, resonant note.

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  5. ABCgirl

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    The most memorable thing ever said to me about playing was my uncle's advice: "Playing trumpet isn't that hard. You just blow, tongue, and wiggle your fingers." As I have a tendency to overcomplicate things, it was a great outlook. When I'm concentrating too much on getting everything perfect, it usually works better if I just follow his advice.
     
  6. trumpetmike

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    That rings very true of some advice from university (given by the string tutor during a performance assesment class). He gave the same suggestion, to play the notes one at a time, but he was advicating it as a way of avoiding the domino effect should anything ever go wrong - if you do make a slip or mistake (which, let's be fair, we all do at some point) don't dwell on it - once it has left the instrument there is nothing you can do about it - concentrate on how you play the next note, don't worry about the splat you may have just made.
     
  7. trpt2345

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    It's like Bach said about the keyboard: "It's really quite simple, you just hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself."

    Michael McLaughlin

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  8. trumpetmike

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    All the notes are in there, you've just got to find them.



    Especially useful when dealing with younger players taking their first steps into the upper register - if they don't believe you, take their instrument and prove it:cool:
     
  9. Walter

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    Would loved to have heard Bach (composer) have a go on the trumpet!!!!......Was???? no black and whites here???.......it's so much easier to say when you know how.

    But of course quite often we do over complicate..............[​IMG]


    Walter
     
  10. note360

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    The best trumpet advise ever. I am not sure if I have any as good as yours but.

    The best horn players can only play a few notes, and still make every one amazed - Mr. Doyle, Jazz Band Director (Pianist), I also got the same quote from my dad who is a guitarist as well as my private instructor. Best peice of improv advice I EVER recieved, it doesn't hold true on all instruments.

    Worst advise:
    Your out of tune. Change your embroucher - Dylon

    Second Best advise:
    Every note should be a new adventure. - Mr. Doyle, again Jazzcentric

    Every day Best advise:
    Loudness is not the same as full.
     

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