I generally try to see how high I can play, or I'll try sight reading something to get into the mood for practicing. Sometimes I'll even try playing a song from my ipod on my trumpet.
THE TRUMPETS SHALL SOUND!
Bach Model 43 Bb
Yamaha 8310z Bb
Gezen A/B piccolo
if i'm having trouble getting in the mood to play i'll typically put on some christian scott or royal crown revue and then pick up a book for a half hour. after that i usually want to practice for an hour or so. for some reason listening to superior players gets me in the mood.
1890's (est) LeFever "691" Cornet
1910 Grand Rapids Inst. Co. "USA Line" Baritone
1920's (est) Harwood "Artist Solo Model" Cornet
1954 Olds (LA) "Ambassador" Cornet
1956 Olds (EF) "Ambassador" Trumpet
1989 Selmer "Bundy" Trumpet
2007 Kanstul "KSB100" 3-Valve Bugle
"Villains always have antidotes... they're funny that way. "
whenever I lack motivation I turn on a recording of Sergei, Woody Shaw, Wynton, Maurice, Ed, Cassone, Burns, Cat Anderson, Yo-Yo-Ma, etc etc etc....
that usually snaps me out of my funk and I get back to work more excited than ever!
Though it may sound boring, I practice theory. I take modes and play a solo based on the scale. It gets me motivated because I know that I can play, it very rewarding to play something of your own.
My motivation is not wanting to make a fool of myself in public.
I think this dates from the time when I was soprano cornet player in a championship section brass band.
Living in an exposed position like that brought home to me the potential for personal embarrassment.
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