What's the worst thing about the way you play?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bandman, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. dizforprez

    dizforprez Forte User

    Nov 2, 2003

    I am right there with you on that one, that is exactly how I feel.
  2. MrLT

    MrLT Pianissimo User

    Jul 12, 2005
    Manchester UK
    Interesting - this thread is already longer than the "whats the best thing about your playing" thread. what does that say about trumpeters?

    ......yes I agree.

    My readings pretty good, technique ok, I'm pretty pleased with my sound. For me its range that lets me down. When I hear players say their range sucks because they can only get to Eb above top C, I get a bit irritated - at the moment I'd give my right leg (need arms to play) for a strong consistent top C. I'll get there in the end. Last year I would have said the same about top G.... but I'm not anymore.
  3. Kevin Hilman

    Kevin Hilman Pianissimo User

    Jan 24, 2005
    Salt Lake City, UT
    So many to choose from....If I'm to pick just one I would say my timing and rhythmic integrity are not as solid as they should be. I should really use a metronome more often.

  4. Bourbon City

    Bourbon City Pianissimo User

    Jun 8, 2004
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    My sight reading. I have aestigmatism and that causes me to jump lines. I have to wood-shed more complicated numbers. My range is not great. I own the high C and D, the rest I can only borrow from time to time.

    Scales. I need to work on scales. All played two octaves played quickly and correctly is one of my goals in life.

    I am just plain not good enough for most conductors today.

    Did I mention I am fat and ugly and have no carissma. Most directors don't want me just for this problem alone.

    Let me see, what else.......I can't spell worth a darn.
  5. bandman

    bandman Forte User

    Oct 16, 2004
    Lafayette, LA, USA

    Hmmmm........ we have more in common that you might think! :shock:
  6. Jarrett

    Jarrett Piano User

    Nov 11, 2003
    Richland, MO
    I think for me it would definetly have to be concentration when I'm playing something I am not particularly enthralled to be playing. Otherwise, in the practice room I can concentrate all day long...
    Another big weakness for me is the "practice what sounds good" mentality that I am constantly trying to avoid. Everybody would rather sound good in the practice room, but it doesn't do you any good.
    I also have a tendency to go through phases of practicing, like I'll go a month or two on classical stuff, fundamentals, etc... then I'll get burned out and practice jazz for 4 months till I'm burned out, then I'll concentrate on lead playing for a couple months... I'm never really as well rounded as I'd like, I just change my "favorite" area of playing for a while. And then, I lack concentration on any other type of music.
    Guess what I'm saying is, I have musical ADD.
  7. Derek Reaban

    Derek Reaban Mezzo Piano User

    Jun 16, 2005
    Tempe, Arizona
    The worst thing about my playing is clearly related to the time that I can allot to practicing and organization. I am very good about practicing maintenance type drills everyday. I very rarely miss a practice day, but many days I feel like I’m not progressing and exploring new things (mainly because I start practicing at 10 PM and many times it’s hard to go to 1 AM). I just am maintaining my current level so that when I get a call to play a job or when my regular ensembles start again I’ll be in good enough shape to “get down to business†several days or a week before I need to be playing at my best.

    I’ve experienced how well I can play when I took two auditions in 2003. I feel like I could get back to that level with a good, focused month of diligent practice (morning session, and multiple evening sessions). It’s not that areas of my playing are rusty, they are just not shiny and fresh like they could be if I were more organized and driven in the off season (for me the off season is from May – October). It’s hard to keep everything working at my highest levels when I don’t have ensembles pushing me to keep my playing at that level. Lessons are great, and if I weren’t studying regularly, it would be even harder.

    I’m so glad that my orchestra starts this week! I’m feeling pretty good going into the first rehearsal tonight!

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