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!
I saw Doc doing a clinic at Wake Forest University in 1968 or 1969. He played for us kids, then went out and was the featured soloist with the WFU band. It was FREEZING cold and he came out and played a wonderful halftime show. I was amazed, because cold always does funny things to the timbre of my sound. Still my all-time favorite player
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"
My wife and I saw him on the 8th its was a fantastic show. I wish I could do it all over again!
It is my understanding that Doc was always one to stress the importance of practice...as he practices up to 8 hours a day.
Getzen "Mike Vax" 3001MV Trumpet
Kanstul - Besson International Trumpet
Yamaha YTR-2335S Totally "Pimped" (Oh, Yes!)
Custom CarolBrass CTR-5204L-RLM
Carol Brass Pocket Trumpet
Jupiter JFH-846RS Flugelhorn
Both Doc and Bud Herseth have stated that as they got along in years, it took them a bit longer to get ready for a performance. Long after mere mortals were hanging it up, these two were still as good as it gets. Doc will be 85 this year and still is a fabulous player.
Doc's practice is legendary. Vince Chicowicz wrote that every time he called Bud's house, Mrs. Herseth would say he was downstairs practicing and she would go get him.
There is a lot of utter nonsense about "you can't go wrong" with this horn or that mouthpiece. A true pro just won't make a blanket statement like that. What you really CAN'T go wrong with is intelligent, proper practice and lots of it.
That reminds me, my son and I were both watching to see if he would change horns. Near as we could tell he never did, but he changed mouthpieces several times. Some of the guys in the trumpet section changed horns. I don't know what Doc plays now but whatever it was looked like lacquer from the 16th row.
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