Last edited by chenzo; 05-01-2012 at 11:02 PM.
May the Trumpet Gods smile upon us all
Reading a bit of Jamey Aebersold Vol 1 last night.
In the introduction he suggests going straight to page 51.... which I did about 3 years
Walked straight into a brick wall regarding improvisation, chords and key changes so took a big step
backwards and avoided the whole thing for what seemed forever.
The idea of jamming the horn against my face, finding a couple of sexy chords in my head and just going for it was
a completely foreign concept which was reserved for the "enlightened" professionals.... and therefore doomed to rely on the sheet
for the rest of my days.
JA makes the suggestion " Conquer Fear with Knowledge", which is true for all aspects of life however putting it into practice is
another story entirely.
The fear of failure... or success... is apparently a worldwide phenomena reflected in the statistical bell shaped curve indicating
poor, mediocre, average, good and excellent. The vast majority of us obviously sit slap bang in the middle
and will never budge from this position because it is so comfortable.
Solution: Phase shift mental status to the right of the curve by 10% by including the really difficult stuff ie...... the stuff you flick past
on the way to the easy stuff.
Anyway, back to Ab minor Blues... How many b b b b's? Dorian oh yes 6 grrrrr....rrrrrr.....rrr......I don't care....don't care.... don't care....
going to throw in a whole lot of funny sounding notes as well.
Trying to make the "Circle OF Fifths" my friend but not easy.
Maybe over thinking the whole thing.
Listening to Clifford Brown on the way to work this morning either sends me into a state despair or elation ie. no room for middle ground
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and that brings me to another concept of "mental aspects" of trumpet playing --- I also believe we strive harder, and make better sound when we are inspired by other trumpet players --- and then put in the practice, and the mental apptitude to practice wisely, and gain confidence -- and then it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy of sorts ----when we get better, we feel better about our playing ---and then we play more, and get even better!!!!!,etc,etc, etc
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All of this shrink stuff just builds more dependencies.
We ultimately have control over what we do. We can channel that stuff in a positive or negative way. I am my own worst enemy is the most destructive way to get started.
I believe that it is better to check out what Kaizen means. Small steps. Once we become foundation builders - one stone at a time, the world of trumpet opens up. When we accept impatience (oh, Oh! My worst enemy again) we are on the path to building a house out of sand - on sand. The next bully will come along and kick that sand into our faces. Build that stone foundation and NO ONE can huff and puff and blow the house down.
Kaizen. It is a philosophy and it works. If we start with the foundation, we are ALWAYS building upwards. Skipping a couple of steps means that we fall back down because nothing is there to support us.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
Thanks all for you words ...
Hey Rowuk just looked up the Kaizen and I can see were you you are coming from
And yes when saying ones is ones worst enemy is a wrong approach in any thing we are trying to achieve.
What I am saying is That I may some times over think therefor negativity starts to come in to the equation.
I must say that I was surprised and very happy this week at Band rehearsal as there has been a rather a quick passage with a lot accidentals in it ( tricky fingering)
I had been going over this for a time at home for a while but hadn't practiced for a few weeks. The MD decided to pull it out again after a months hiatus
in which I had nailed it. So yes foundation is a key.
But as Bob had said it also a game with the mind One must keep a positive outlook at all things....you might have a bad day at work or what ever............................. we need to get all of the bad energy out of our system if we are to be at our best.
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May the Trumpet Gods smile upon us all
As he sits in the high back leather chair, cigar smoke frames his wizened, wrinkled forehead... the good doctor looks to his patient laying on the couch caressing his Monette... and asks slowly of his patient...
"so Rowuk... How do you really feel about the channeling these negative thoughts? And when in your life did you feel your mother first looked upon you as 'the enemy'?"
There should be no emotional attachment to mistakes when we practice. Mistakes just tell you what to work on.
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