Bach Stradivarius 43* (1974), Bach 3C Mouthpiece.
Getzen 896 Eterna Flugelhorn (1974), Curry 3FL Mouthpiece.
Plus a few other Bach, Getzen, Olds, Carol, and Besson horns.
Sorry if anyone has already said, I'm not the most observant, but I find recording/making a video of myself and then listening/watching back over it to be most effective.
I expect that you'll find it's an entirely different world on the other end of the horn!
Just grab a camera, set it up and play. You'll be amazed at what you find out about your playing.
Also, if you like, playing with other trumpet buddies (if you don't want to be in a large band situation) helps very much with tuning and ensemble playing I find. And you can learn a thing or two off them too!
Hope it helps.
And on a wider note, hope it helps everybody else too, it's helped me. :)
Trumpet, the best piece of brass you'll ever have.
I can play trumpet really.
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!
Go to my website, Featuring brass music and e-books | ChurchBrass - and go to "Free Stuff", click on my "John Francis Warmup..." it's pretty good, and will get you going for awhile.
John Leslie Francis
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Bb Bach Stradt, Model 43 - with heavy caps
A Getzen Piccolo
I receive $60.00 / hour tutoring 4 students simultaneously. Each just pays $15.00. They are taught at the County Cultural and Wellness Center the usage of room one early evening a week which I pay $25.00 / month, plus I provide the music media. The room has two large windows to the lobby hall purposely chosen and I do keep the venetian blinds up. The students have their backs to these windows, but I don't. Many people are constantly passing by and can see into the room.
Am I really profiting from such, and my answer is NO. Is such essential to my livelihood and again the answer is NO. These 4 boys are 6th graders just in their second year on trumpet, and Christmas eve after the churches let out from their Cantatas, these boys will be performing O Little Town of Bethelem in 4 parts at the caroling being held at the Courthouse gazebo. One boy has a transportion problem because his single Mother must work. I'm picking him from his care-taker, he's having supper with my wife and I and going with us to the Cantata and afterwards to the caroling, then my wife and I will take him home to his Mother who should be home by that time also. They already performed this song last week at a school assembly. How did I chose which would play each part ... I didn't ... they did by agreeing to draw straws. Too, they chose the carol.
Quietly, anyone is invited to sit in and listen. There are six empty chairs.
Last edited by Ed Lee; 12-22-2012 at 07:07 PM.
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