Lawler PS 1
I used to be in 6 different bands and was paid per job in 4 of them. About 10 yrs. ago I slowed down quite a bit and am only playing in 2 bands + church and all for free. Big band jobs are slowly going the wayside around here [curse the DJ's] and I actually believe I am a better player now than before. When I was playing more my practicing consisted mainly of reh. and long tones at home. Now I do a lot of scales and Vizzutti etudes. I was also subbing in a lot of local big bands not for my playing ability but because I was known as a player that adapted and blended to each band. As opposed to a lot of the younger players [who could play circles around me] I never tried to stand out but was a section player. I can think of several bands that asked me to join where as the "screamer" or lead player that subbed was not invited back. Remember to the ones starting out, try to blend - it is not "your" band, it is their band.
formerly known as old geezer Dave
Chicago Benge 33XX
Blessing 1580 [ Powell modified ]
Getzen 800s ml Cornet P02819
Yam. 231 Fl. 15383
King Master Cornet 295628
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I practice maybe 5-6 hours a week with my current gig, playing bass when we do Fiddle tunes and bluegrass material, and planning to do trumpet when we break into a Texas swing set. I define practice rather broadly--I have 90 minute drives to and from rehearsals and use the drive time to work out bass lines, possible licks for the trumpet, etc.How often do you practice?
How do you find time with a day job?
When you practice, do you do things like Arban or Clarke or just play?
Some things you just make time for. I am am Ojibway Indian and our group collects and performs fiddle tunes historically popular in our region's Native American/Canadian communities. It's a cultural preservation thing, and a labor of love with paying gigs few and far between. Our fiddler is a brilliant young lady who's about 20, and we plan on keeping this going for a long, long time.
Yeah, Arban's can be a grind. On brass, after working out the kinks in my current performance material, I reach for Melodious Etudes for Trombone, a collections of Marco Bordogni vocalises transcribed by Joannes Rochut. As a Euphonium major at university these etudes assisted in my musical development more than any other collection of studies, and I really learned how to sing through my instrument. Even now, 14 years after beginning the study of the material in this collection, I'm still discovering new and valuable musical nuances to the etudes. I'm frankly surprised that these were never published in treble clef editions for the trumpet/cornet/flugelhorn--they are just terrific to study on the cornet.
1929 Holton Monster E-flat tuba
1932 Conn 6E New Wonder alto horn
1937 Indiana Band Instrument Company E-flat sousaphone
1956 Holton Super Collegiate trumpet - Copper/Nickel/Brass
1964 Holton Collegiate cornet
1966 Conn 4D Artist "French" horn
1967 Olds Ambassador cornet
1969 King Silver Flair trumpet
1995 Yamaha YEP-321S euphonium
2006 Blessing XL-CR cornet
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