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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rdt1959, Sep 25, 2007.
Dave - what ever made you think you can play the trumpet?
At 14, I came to a lesson crying for some reason and my teacher, Bob Fleming said: "The best musicians suck it up now and cry after the gig. They are consistent and dependable. Now, take it from the pick up to B. One, two, a-one . . ."
"You're playing as your fingers have never met before!"
Anthony Swainson under the very last rehearsal before the Norwegian Nationals
Yuk - in every respect - yuk!
Beecham springs to mind on this one. He once said to a female Cello player during a rehearsal
"you have an instrument between your legs which has the potential to bring pleasure to millions, and all you can do is scratch it."
RIP Thomas B.
Any teachers i have had have always reverted to the old cliche "put more air through it" when something was going wrong.
" You gave birth to that note....." would be used when my playing was timid and unsure. He just wanted me to play the notes like I owned the notes.
"First day with the new lips?" - he could tell the time when I hadn't practiced, this was always the comment.
"Cat go your tounge?' - when the articulation would lazy.
He had all sorts of little sayings, they would anoy you but at the same time made you want to practice more.
Always yelled to the trumper section in High School -- "When in doubt, second valve!!"
My music teacher had a few sayings. I'll always remember his "You're up and down like a prostitute's panties!" I especially remember him saying in when the nun running the Glee Club was walking into the band room.
When I found out that I was relatively good at the trumpet when first starting out I was a loud player and I'll always remember what my music teacher told me (whether it's true or not)
"don't become like Herb Alpert" (who apparently couldn't play softly) But I know better now.
Also, "A student practices it to get it right, but a professional practices it until it can't go wrong"