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It is Always About the Basics
Or in longhand:
It is always about the basics.
Yesterday I had yet another reminder of this. One of my students, a recreational player who mainly plays cornet (although he does have a Jaeger trumpet), has been playing one and a half years. He has lessons every 2 weeks or so, and has already performed his debut concert: New Orleans style jazz. He is currently planning his second concert for Mardi Gras.
He contacted me for a lesson this week. Although we had snow and consequently a slippery driveway, he was very keen to come.
When he arrived I noticed that he was a little distressed. He told me that he has concerns about the repertoire for his upcoming concert. We discussed that a bit and then we worked on settling his playing; I took him through my exercise “Reflections” and then helped him to obtain pedal notes by attaching a trombone mouthpiece to a trumpet.
Then I reminded him of the three basics:
Concentrating on these basics got him back on track immediately!
His relief was enormous, and so was his gratitude. I pointed out that most players lose this from time to time; it is only that some of us have so much more experience and “face time” that we are still able to function in this condition. He is the fortunate one because he feels the effects immediately. All he needs to do is keep in mind how simple it is to remedy. And in this regard it would be helpful for him to keep playing his Jaeger trumpet.
He has just now sent this message:
“Thanks for reminding me not to ignore my Jaeger. When I got the chance, I took it (her?) out and sight-read through a bunch of tunes, and she was friendly and happy and faithful to me. I swear if she had a tail it would never stop wagging!”