Tips on becoming a Pro

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by daveduder, May 12, 2015.

  1. kehaulani

    kehaulani Fortissimo User

    May 14, 2011
    Hawaian homey
    I'll save the extra dollar for the tip jar, then.
  2. gunshowtickets

    gunshowtickets Forte User

    Mar 11, 2015
    Tidewater, VA
    I'll weigh in and say no one ever became "great" because greatness fell into their laps, no matter what they may say otherwise. Whether they did it as a force of habit or because of active pursuit, "greats" sought out the opportunities to get them to the top.

    Don't wait for the opportunities to come to you. Seek out good instructors, good bandmates, and you'll find your chance with patience and perseverance.
    When music stops being fun and becomes a job/ obsession, you might want to back off unless you want to go mad.
  3. Ed Lee

    Ed Lee Utimate User

    Aug 16, 2009
    Jackson NC
    IMO during your rise to fame as a pro it will be easier if you are unmarried and have about $55,000.00 dolllars in the bank to pay your per diem each year. Too, audition to play with an existing band that has a record of at least 100 booking per year and has recorded at least 5 CDs.
  4. gbshelbymi

    gbshelbymi Mezzo Piano User

    Jan 3, 2013
    Travelers Rest, SC
    1. Practice your butt off technically.
    2. Network.
    3. Listen to as many different performers and musical styles as you possibly can, to develop your artistry. Then learn to play those various musical styles well. There is a fundamental difference between being a good technical trumpet player and being a good musician. In other words, you might be able to play ANYTHING, but can you play things that people want to listen to? (And pay for the privilege...)

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