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!
Ed, I don't call any freebie a gig, although I honor the commitment. If I have said I will do it, I don't back out if a paying gig comes along. I think of non-paying commitments either as a favor or an offering, depending upon the context.
To get back to the OP, most of my Christmas stuff is associated with church stuff. The non-members are paid and members are expected to donate their time. We will not start any of our Christmas rehearsal until after Thanksgiving services since the orchestra is playing in church on Thanksgiving Sunday and a community service the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I will spend a lot more time between rehearsals in preparation than most, which is not the same as saying I need that time more.
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"
Working mainly on Veterans Day concert music right now, with some Christmas music rehearsal interspersed. After 11/11, it's Christmas music rehearsal all the way. I'm also thinking of playing some cornet at a Salvation Army kettle nearby if I can work it in.
Nothing personally in-the-works for Christmas horn-playing. My "church" is called the "Meeting House". Quaker. Silent worship.
When I have been asked to play in churches (all Christian denominations) over the years, I selected one of my French-manufactured C Trumpets. Abundantly "sweet" tone. They seem to be perfectly suited to the acoustics and the literature. PLUS (!) no worries about transposing.
If you have one (C Trumpet), use it. Recommend.
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" ... Ya cain't polish a turd ...!" (old Southern expression)
~~ Love animals ... don't eat them. ~~
Sorry Ed, I was just trying to make a joke about not knowing what a gig was because I never have any!
The only gig I will get will be in front of my family (poor unsuspecting relatives that they are). My skills might just about extend to Jingle Bells if I slow it down a bit. If my sons back me up on piano and guitar it will help hide my failings.
Time to get practicing.
My horns tell me that when they grow up they want to be pro horns like some of the very impressive horns listed below other forum member signatures. But they tell me I need to learn to play first. Gimme ten years...
Olds Ambassador Cornet Los Angeles '51
Olds Ambassador Fullerton '59
Olds Ambassador Fullerton '67
Olds Ultratone G Bugle Piston/Rotor '70
You've all heard I'm sure
Of Santa and his sleigh,
And how he brings the presents
To us on Christmas day.
But I don't think you know
And now I will explain,
About The Merry Christmas day
That Santa came by train ....
The foregoing are partial lyrics my late brother Bill wrote in 1951 as is sung to Rev. James Pierpont's song the public named Jingle Bells but was originally titled Dashing Through The Snow.
Last edited by Ed Lee; 11-02-2012 at 08:22 PM.
JUST CRAZY FOR YOU GUYS IN BANDS to practice the music and be prepared ---- I mean really, is that how people run a band???
Last edited by kingtrumpet; 11-02-2012 at 08:00 PM.
1991 King Silver Flair
1953 Olds Super (LA)
1979 King KG1055T (pre UMI) Silver Flair
1940? Olds Ambassador (LA) tenor trombone
I'm not responsible for offending people -- people are responsible for themselves taking offense at me
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