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    Re: Secrets

    Thank you.

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    Re: Secrets

    Have someone to listen to, be it an instructor or a pro player, live or on CD, just listen to better players. Knowing what music is supposed to sound like is an extremely valuable thing.
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    Re: Secrets

    Try to play better today than you did yesterday. It doesn't have to be a major improvement,just something small like mastering a C scale,or four measures in Arban's that gave you trouble the day before.
    Just hang in there and be positive,good luck and have fun.

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    Re: Secrets

    I had a great music history teacher who defined music as "sound through time." I define making music on the trumpet as a combination of pitch, rhythm, and style. In other words, the right tone, in tune with the right attack, sustain, decay and release, that paints the composer's unwritten text; the emotion they want us to experience is musical.

    Pitch does not mean pegging the tuner all of the time. We need be able to raise or lower our pitch to meet the requirements of the part of the chord we are playing.

    Rhythm does not mean playing perfectly with the metronome all of the time. Swing eighths can be anything but, depending on the the band's style.

    Style is learned but not overtly taught, and many a conductor, having taught a group how to play one composer's music will tear their hair out when faced by another piece by the same composer because the group sounds like a bunch of beginners again.

    Seek to learn style and acquire chops enough to express it. That is the secret.
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    Re: Secrets

    long tones -for example take an F scale, and go up and back down holding each note for as long as you can -- try to make it soft, rest, and keep doing that with all scales.

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