Circumstances, and a small measure of laziness, has meant that I have not practiced every day for some time now. My rather pleasing former development didn't suffer too much in the short term, but now, many weeks later, I am in serious trouble of not being able to even hit the notes accurately.
Been there done that Ted! NOT FUN!!
Knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery - Miles Davis
The difference between a beginner and pro mouthpiece is practice - tobylou8
Nobody has learned how to play the trumpet. It's endless. - Maynard Ferguson
Don't be afraid to try something different. The Ark was built by an amateur and the Titanic was built by a group of experienced engineers.
By the inch it's a cinch, by the yard, it's hard!
Lots of good (and funny) responses here. And Dr.Mark, I saw your original post -- I hope you know that my trumpet teacher lives almost an hour away and is not always available for my questions. I do, however, write down questions if I remember to and take them with me to my lesson every week so I can ask him. I do it so frequently now that we've allotted a certain amount of time just for me to ask questions during my lesson.
(Wow, I have enough equipment to make a list now!!!!!)
(~2007) Bach Stradivarius Bb Model 37
(~2013) Bach Philadelphia Stradivarius C
"Don't believe everything you read on the internet."
I found however, do what is said, if something does not make sense, ask for clarrification on those points. Many things I still dont understand, but I can see with the practice routine trying to do 'whatever he said' is actually helping and I am starting to 'do' it even though I don't know exactly what I am doing, I just know it is happening by default. Strange.
Anyways, I don't practice on Sabbath each week. However I do play music that day. Basically only use it for music/songs, rather than technical work which I do 6 days a week.
Since practice is about muscular strength etc (kind of like Gym) then rest is a good thing.
I am about to make a shambles of everything.
I play lead trumpet in Detroit's busiest and most successful swing band, 14 musicians, a drummer and a vocalist.
I do all of the "trumpet feature" tunes. All of the Harry James, Bunny Berigan, Ziggy Elman, etc. solos.
I have been playing for 55 years.
I have no problems taking a day off. I occasionally take two day without touching the horn.
I have at times, not played for a week, and yet I pick up the horn and play a 4 set gig and no ones knows that I haven't been on the horn.
But that's just me.
Do NOT fear taking a day off from the horn.
The Willard of Oz
"Don't be afraid to see what you see."
But even more cool in your comment is how you isolated the drummer and singer from the "musician" category. Again, you are a man wise beyond your years and speak nothing but the complete truth!
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