Man I have GOT to lay off drinking so much coffee in the morning... Gives me SUCH a buzz!
Conns: 2B ('48) 48B ('51) 58B ('32) 62B ('46 Pan Am) 80A ('53)
Olds: Ambassador Cornet ('52) Ambassador Trumpet ('52)
Kanstul/FBessons: 609; 709 Trumpets
Martin: Deluxe Committee Model Trumpet ('52)
Reynolds: Contempora Trumpet (LB) ('56) Contempora Cornet (LB) ('62)
Schilke: B6L Trumpet (2009)
Stomvis: Elite Flugelhorn; Elite Cornet; Forte Pocket Trumpet
Make sure you know the part. Don't worry about being nervous - that is normal. The competition is nervous too. Clean the outside of the horn and worry about the inside later.
Our apologies about the many messages from gmonady... he's just excited for you.
Is it true that cannibals won't eat clowns because they taste funny?
Here’s what I did when I was nervous before a solo. I’ve passed this along to my students and it has worked for every one of them. I also worked with a young band who’s first show was in front of a sold out 1200 seat crowd, and they were very nervous and it worked for them also. Here’s the reciepe: You are going to create your own personnal space for your audition !
When you take your place to audition, imagine you are standing in the middle of a hula hoop. This hula hoop is your protection, and you will not look outside this space of yours, ALL your attention will be focused on everything inside the hoop, nothing outside. No one exists outside this hoop and you are not even going to look outside the hoop, if you are not looking at music then look at your bell, it’s just you and your horn doing your thing, just like standing in your practice space and letting it all go !! Now put all your concentration into your horn, breathing correctly, no pressure on your chops, making your audition sound like a SONG. AFTER you are finished you can look outside the hoop and see all the smiling faces : ) Good luck !
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