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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by bandman, Oct 8, 2005.
I am right there with you on that one, that is exactly how I feel.
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.
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.
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.
Hmmmm........ we have more in common that you might think!
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.
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 Iâ€™m not progressing and exploring new things (mainly because I start practicing at 10 PM and many times itâ€™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 Iâ€™ll be in good enough shape to â€œget down to businessâ€ several days or a week before I need to be playing at my best.
Iâ€™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). Itâ€™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 â€“ October). Itâ€™s hard to keep everything working at my highest levels when I donâ€™t have ensembles pushing me to keep my playing at that level. Lessons are great, and if I werenâ€™t studying regularly, it would be even harder.
Iâ€™m so glad that my orchestra starts this week! Iâ€™m feeling pretty good going into the first rehearsal tonight!