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"
Flexibility is the ability to change from one note to another. Sometimes it involves notes with the same fingering (lip slurs) sometimes not. If we are really good, we can do it quickly, too. The trick is to start slowly (as mentioned above) and memorize where the notes sit. This requires time and concentration.
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
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
We are creatures of habit. We learn to read by memorizing patterns, we learn to play by repeating motion patterns.
Flexibility exercizes are merely additional patterns for us to turn into habits - for recall as playing situations demand. They are multi part habits - the first is the recognition (eye/ear->brain) and the second is the actual movement pattern itself )brain->fine motor activity).
Once we get the message that this is how our body works, we realize that it is the depth in which we do things that help us increase our musical vocabulary. Breathing patterns are every bit as critical as the actual played notes.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
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!
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