In a word "Practice"
In a word "Practice"
"Practice" wow that is amazing advise (not being sarcastic). I never thought of it as advise more of a logical step, but ok.
"I'll play it and tell you what it is later." - Miles Davis
"Do not fear mistakes. There are none." - Miles Davis
TR300 Bach [marching horn]
Big Apple Bach Strad (ML)
1952 Olds Ambassador L.A
Mouthpiece: Curry 5c, Olds 3 (for the cornet atm)
"Music is for listening."
Many people have told me to "sing with the horn" at various times in my life. I never really quite understood what that meant. Then I was playing duets with Richard Steffen one day in the early 1990's and he explained (indirectly) that it meant to hear in your brain what you wanted to come out the end of the horn. I guess to most of you that seems obvious. I had been a good trumpet player mechanically for years, but struggled with musicallity and intonation. I would listen all the time and adjust. Then I discovered that if I just got the tubeing of the horn close to the right length and audiated (sing in your brain) things pretty much took care of themselves. I've also discovered that conversely, if I get distracted and stop audiating, I get myself into trouble spots.
"Music is a fire in your belly that has to come out of your mouth, so you'd better put a horn in the way before someone gets hurt"
1949/50 Super Recording
1949 Martin Committee
1947 Olds Super
Olds Super/Ultrasonic trumpet
Olds Recording trumpet
Eclipse MR scratch gold
Buescher Mdl 15 Cornet in Bb/C/A (Dad's old horn)
Boston 3 Star Ne Plus Ultra
Natural trumpet hand made by my friend Howard Scudder
"Focus the air at your lips."
I'm not quite sure what it means, but if I am having trouble air, I think this to myself and it works wonders.
"Make it sound like a trumpet!"
The best advice I ever got was from my college days, "play pretty"... I think Doc is a prime example, even when he's pushing the limits it's always damn pretty.
Play the notes to their full value.
The black is the notes and the white is the page
When I first started trumpet playing my teacher talked about singing through the horn by thinking the sounds in your mind......I tried to understand but found it hard to connect it to my playing...
Lately I've been thinking about it more and trying to connect the two...it is helping.......since your post I have wondered if a trumpet players ability is limited by his ability to sing! What about improvising ....?
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