What I learned from my teachers.

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by lonelyangel, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. lonelyangel

    lonelyangel Pianissimo User

    Nov 8, 2003
    I just posted a long overdue reply in the orchestral forum. It was in answer to a question about my experiences studying under Maurice Murphy as a student at the Guildhall 20 years ago.

    If you read that post you will see that i have been doing some thinking about where the knowledge that I am now passing on to my own students has come from. I made a list of all my trumpet teachers, mentors, heroes and influential colleagues and thought about what they had given to me. I asked myself to write a sentence summing up the essence of what I had learned from each of them.

    As I stated in the other post, this has proved to be a thought provoking and rewarding exercise and is very much work in progress. I will be expanding each sentence into a paragraph and then possibly on to a few pages. This is basically for my own benefit, a kind of stock taking or clarification of my ideas about playing and where they come from. However, if anybody thinks it might be interesting I would be happy to share my thoughts as they take shape.

    I just want to make it clear that the following are my own perceptions of what I have learned from these people and not necessarily what they thought they were teaching me. Some of them are well known to all of us, others may be a mystery to you but they all had very special gifts for me, starting with my first teacher, who is my dad.

    Mr JW Langley: Stand up straight and point that thing at the audience.

    Johnny Lawton: Isn’t music fantastic!

    Eddie Atherton: Squeeze your buttocks together and BLOW

    Tony Greening: Buy an alarm clock, a pencil and a rubber (that's an eraser in the UK by the way).

    Bernard Brown: Always keep an open mind and treat yourself with love and care.

    Maurice Murphy: Keep It Simple Stupid

    Ray Simmons: Be prepared, respect the music and never let yourself down.

    Wynton Marsalis: Play long tones.

    Lionel Grigson: Knowledge = Freedom.

    Ian Carr: Listen more than you play.

    Paul Tunge: Consolidate what you already have.

    Scott Stroman: Rhythm is more important than pitch.

    Cliff Hardie: The trumpet is a physical instrument, put in the work and reap the rewards.

    Jon Faddis: It’s a mind game, unlock the power of your imagination.

    Randy Brecker: Study hard and thoroughly.

    Kenny Wheeler: Play with courage and humility.

    John Barclay: Nail the f***er!

    Derek Watkins: Be better than the rest.

    Uan Rasey: Music is a gift from God - play with grace and make each note a prayer.

    That’s it so far. Cheers, Noel.
  2. JackD

    JackD Mezzo Forte User

    Nov 30, 2003
    Manchester / London
    Noel, I'm fairly sure I speak for everyone when I say please do share!

    I for one certainly appreciate it.

  3. BachMan

    BachMan Pianissimo User

    Dec 9, 2003
    "Playing the trumpet requires the daring of a fighter pilot, the precision of a surgeon and the bravura of a circus performer."

    -Jim Thompson

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