The big soft pillows are aimed at the conductor, after all. Well, sometimes aimed at violists.
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
Well, KT I could care less about having a gig on the weekends, but I'll not consider myself either pro or con (amateur) as to my abilities to play brass instruments. I simply enjoy such, and that's enough for me.
Maybe we should consider cross-training as part of our practice routines. Treat the other members of your household to the joys of vocal warmups and badly done Italian arias
...Dreaming of when I can have delusions of adequacy...
Olds Recording '73, Studio '48, Super '47, French Model 38/39, Ambassador '76, Ambassador Cornet '64
Reynolds Contempora LB '49-ish
Conn 22B '37, Frank Holton (early - '23?) "Patent Applied For"
Carol Brass Legend Heavyweight
plus various projects, whims and follies
The difference between pros and amateurs is the amateurs usually make a better living.
Back to a prior comment about attitude. It is true, that pros present themselves to their audience in a way that
the audience appreciates. But, I don't think the "positive feedback" is just for pros. I receive more positive comments in
one Easter gig than I will from my "real" job as a SW developer in a year; even though I don't make 1/10 of my income via
Not sure where I was going, just saying that positive feedback is a very rewarding, therapeutic thing that anyone will
appreciate, regardless of their professional status.
Another thing I've noticed playing in successful bands, particularly rock, is that when you hit the stage you switch from
<insert day job> to an entertainer. If you are "skilled" you can put on a good show at night even though you may have
had a really bad day a "work". Maybe that's a property of being a pro?
Stop acting like someone shot your dog.
1954 Olds Super w/Bach 43 uptilt bell Frankenhorn
1968 Olds Recording Trumpet
1965 Bach Stradivarius Model 37
Yamaha Xeno Chicago Artist C Trumpet
1956 Conn 80A Cornet
1951 Olds Special Cornet
1965 Olds L-12 Flugelhorn
"Hindsight is always 20-20"
"I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it"
i've been giving some thought about this. today, my primary answer is consistency.
my hope is also that improving the foundation will help to improve consistency.
Popcorn wisdom: it doesn't require any more effort than it requires
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Mikel Dupac / Lawler C7-3R-1A + Prana B6S1
Olds Super Bb 1962 / Carol Brass Dizzy pocket
Conn New Wonder cornet 1917 / Many others...
Music is the healing force of the Universe! A. Ayler
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