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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by robeebee, Apr 10, 2015.
you posted this before a couple of years ago, yes?
Ah! Found it:
Very good, I like it.
Yeah sorry , just reminiscing .
Don't be sorry, it's good to hear it again! Thanks!
Well... I have a different take.
I had pretty strong chops in the 80/90's but I was not very disciplined and didn't practice consistently. My playing, while strong and powerful was inaccurate and often splatty. I quit the trumpet and left school in December of 1992.
In 2011 that nagging wonder in the back of my mind (say it like Robert Dinero: "I coulda been a contenda" ) needed to be answered... So I set out with a 5 year plan to practice consistently & correctly, and work on the technical skills and fundamentals that I ignored in my previous incarnation. Arban, Clarke, Irons/Colin, Charlier/Brandt. If my range returned that would be awesome, but the main point was that I didn't want to be the player I was before... I wanted to become the player I never was.
I am 4 years into my 5 year plan and I have never missed a day of practicing, averaging about 20 hrs a week (some days are 1 hr, busy days can be 4-5)... but I have practiced everyday for the last 4 years.
What I have found out was that I am STRONGER than I was before, even without making range a focus of my practicing. Everything is better... but also still getting better.
So, my response to you is this: You can have BETTER chops NOW than you ever had before. You just gotta put in the work, and put it in consistently.