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Trumpet Discussion Discuss getting ready for semester auditions in the General forums; To answer your question, play it as fast as you can, without flubbing notes. Trickg has some good practice ideas. ...
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    Re: getting ready for semester auditions

    To answer your question, play it as fast as you can, without flubbing notes. Trickg has some good practice ideas. Do your best and don't worry about whether you are first material or not. Who knows that the other 3 guys sound like.
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    Re: getting ready for semester auditions

    A lot of great advice in this thread - jiaby, I particularly like what you've posted. I would have posted something similar about mastery of the portions of the problem excerpt, but my goal was to give him some advice that might help in the short time he has available.

    Back during my early Army band days, I had a lot of situations, particularly in the big band when we were learning new music, where I really had to figure out some strategies for quickly getting licks under my fingers. I'd stand in the trumpet section while another group was working a section, and just pound through the valve combinations of the licks that I'd missed. I've never been a particularly strong sight reader, so it was necessary to develop those strategies in order to keep my head above water. With that said, there's no substitute for slow, methodical, exacting practice through funky licks as a means to really get to where you can play them, and move forward as a better player overall - not just having mastered the trouble spot.

    Keep in mind, I say a lot of this having looked back in hindsight. My hometown is small and fairly remote, so my formative years were really a hit-or-miss proposition. I learned as much from doing things wrong and learning to correct them than I did by doing them correctly. Most of what I've learned about how to practice came after I got out of high school because I never had a private instructor, and by the time I was in a place where I could have gotten one or had access to one, I was already gigging all the time, so I never really took the opportunity like I should have.

    Just keep after it and let this be a lesson to you - prior planning and diligent work is always a better solution than a last minute spaz to do something that should have been done weeks ago.
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