Wedding Trumpet Video

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  1. music4life

    music4life New Friend

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    I say that the player has courage to perform solo. By listening to this performance, I think the problem is with performance anxiety. I have been in similar situations. One was in college at a jazz competition when the sax soloist in the small ensemble did not come in for his 2 coruses like we had rehearsed. I totally freaked out and my throat began to close up. As trumpet players, you know what that means. The judges comments were harsh. Later that year, I crashed and burned during our spring recital. I quit playing a couple of years after that.

    I've been two years into my come back to playing so I decided to audition for a small church orchestra. I practiced and practiced. My wife and kids were really impressed (they are not easy to please) but when I got to the audition I got so scared that all of the notes were terribly out of tune and I couldn't play above a tuning "C". What a disapointment. I stayed through the end and did my sight reading, etc. Needless to say, I did not get invited to join, nor have I been asked to sub. Better luck next year.

    How do you guys deal with performance anxiety? We could all use some practical advice from the pros.

    Peace.
     
  2. oldenick

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    Lets hope someone handed him that herald trumpet a half hour before the gig. Those things are a pain in the a$$. If he had not practiced on the horn I could see something like that happening.

    Just say no to heralds.

    Nick
     
  3. rowuk

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    It has been removed from the net. I can only imagine what I missed!
     
  4. lmf

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    Nick,

    But those herald trumpets look so regal.....and have a nice banner!

    Best wishes,

    Lloyd
     
  5. oldlou

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    Like Robin, I feel that I missed something that I would have been able to equate with. A couple of weeks ago one of the community concert bands that I play principal trumpet in did a "public rehearsal" at a local yacht club. Not being familiar with the route to get there, I used up about an hour that I should have spent in a restaurant in finding the club. Being a rather brittle typeII diabetic, I went in to an extreme low blood sugar condition, without being aware of what was happening with my body. My performance was a train wreck. There were times that I was not sure of where I was geographically and, my hand-eye coordination was abysmal. I was often lost as to where we were on most of the charts and I had to just fake playing, letting my associate principal carry on in my stead. My associate principal noticed my poor performance and after the "public rehearsal" asked me what happened to me. In embarassment, I scooted out of there in a hurry, not wanting to even socialise with the other band members or the members of the yacht club. After going to a restaurant and consuming two heavily sugared cups of coffee and a reuben sandwich I was back to normal. I have learned to carry a tube of glucose tablets in my mute bag and be willing to listen to little 'Becca' if she tells me that I am having another low sugar experience. It certainly destroyed my abilities that day and I will ALWAYS eat a small snack prior to playing in the future.


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  6. Sofus

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    music4life, good thing you´ve made your comeback!

    I have a few thoughts concerning your question about performance anxiety.

    I think that maybe sometimes we all must

    1) try to remember that we play because we LIKE it

    2) admit that we are no better than we are

    3) avoid playing to difficult things in public in order to be more impressive than we are

    4) remember that the public is there because they LIKE it and we are ther to GIVE THEM something, not to GET anything


    I have personally violated all these "rules" with disaster to follow . . .
     
  7. music4life

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    Sufus - Thanks for your advice. I'll try to remember that. It seems that I play better when I'm not so concerned about playing the music but rather the performance or experience. I really do enjoy playing, I'm just looking for an ensemble or small group to share the experience.
     
  8. Sofus

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    I know exactly what you mean. It´s when playing with others we have the most fun!
     
  9. oldenick

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    Hey Lloyd, they do look nice.

    Lets suppose he was handed that herald right before the gig, in hindsight we can tell that he should not have played it, but it is a hard decision to make on the spot. We all try to be professional and flexable in gig situations but is there a line which should never be crossed? I personally have said I would not play a herald when it was suggested right before a christmas service. I have also said I would not play echo taps alone. I also always feel a little bad about it. I guess my question is should we always find a way to accommodate requests or is there a time when we should say no. In theory you could play echo taps alone, but in practice would it really work?

    Just wondering

    Nick
     
  10. lmf

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    Nick,

    You are correct about saying "no" when one has not played the herald trumpet often. If our assumption is true that the young man didn't have time to acclimate himself to a herald trumpet, he should have played his regular trumpet instead. That would have provided the "comfort zone" he needed. He probably would have sounded better.

    Best wishes,

    Lloyd
     

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