Things your Teacher said that you will never forget

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  1. rdt1959

    rdt1959 Pianissimo User

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    All the talk in another thread got me thinking (a VERY dangerous thing!) And it got me curious...

    What are some of the corny little sayings that your past trumpet teachers have said that stick with you through the years, and that you find helpful?

    from my current teacher...

    "You can play the notes. Now play the music."
    "A professional knows what to do in practice sessions, and what not to play in public."

    From my junior high and high school teacher....

    "Any idiot can learn to play high C LOUD. It takes a musician to play it softly." (this guy was one of the best teachers...of any subject...that I ever had. And one of the handful of teachers in my life that truely cared about all aspects of his student's lives. I miss him.)
     
  2. oldenick

    oldenick Pianissimo User

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    regarding a question about triple tonguing in the Arban's Carnival of Venice:
    "you can't blow your wad on the first variation friend"
    He then proceeded to drive the proverbial schoolbus.

    sage advice
    good lesson
     
  3. RG111

    RG111 Piano User

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    "Learn to do this well and you will be a happier trumpet player right here" ( patting his wallet). RIP Mr. Geisler.

    Roy Griffin
     
  4. Fluffy615

    Fluffy615 Piano User

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    "The white's the paper, the black's the notes. Play the black!!" Carmine Fornaratto.
    He could make me feel like the best trumpet player in world after a lesson, or the worst. I learned more about playing musically from him than anyone else.
     
  5. trpt2345

    trpt2345 Mezzo Forte User

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    Barbara used to say after I'd finish playing something, "Could you have played that better?" And if the answer was yes it was my a**. I use it on my own students. "Yes? Well then why didn't you? Too lazy? Too tired? Poor baby."

    Michael McLaughlin
     
  6. Toobz

    Toobz Mezzo Piano User

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    " Learn to love to play with no one watching or listening. "

    He was talking about how some people love to play more for the spotlight, than for the love of music. It also may have been his sneaky way of getting us to practice ;-) , but I still love to sit alone
    and just play.
     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    you get rich in the dark.

    Use every practice session as if it were a performance. If you give 100% in the practice room, you will get rich.
     
  8. Dave Mickley

    Dave Mickley Forte User

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    to play higher SMILE - boy was that off base. [no private teacher it was two different band directors]. Dave
     
  9. brem

    brem Mezzo Forte User

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    "I taught you all I know" (proceeding in giving me his copy of Arban's):shock: :thumbdown: :stars: :bash:

    So now I teach myself. :woop: :play:
     
  10. bilboinsa

    bilboinsa Piano User

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    "Did you remember the money you owe me?"
     

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