All of Derek Reaban's posts on resonance I think have led to one of the greatest improvements in my playing.
My undergraduate instructor told me I should take up tennis...and I was 1st chair in the top band. He knew I wanted to play professionally and I guess he was trying to squash that idea.
"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
"Insist on yourself, never imitate" - Emerson
I took almost all of the roads "less traveled by" to keep my musical dreams alive and never let my detractors win. If you love it, never give up. You will find joy and fulfillment, and joy and fulfillment will find you.
"Tongue and blow, kid"...
"You can only play what you practice so don't expect a miracle". I use this line for my students (and my own personal mantra).
A good reality check!! As one who always hopes for miracles your advise is brilliant.....really struck a chord for me.........I am sure it will cause me to become much more serious about my practice again! I am writing this one down.
Last edited by Walter; 02-22-2007 at 05:22 AM.
Hello everyone, I’m new here.
The best advice I received was from my college trumpet professor. Simply - “The Tao of Pooh”. Don’t think, don’t force, don’t try, just let the lips vibrate "pooh" and let go. Very akin to “The Inner Game of Music”
"The first time I ever played the trumpet in public, I played the Marine Hymn. I sounded terrible." - Wynton Marsalis
"Only peel the paint on the ceiling..."
...and if not, Nick, you find something else that you're good at. It doesn't mean you stop loving music.
After much thought, I must add "Take a great breath and sing through the horn."
I heard this from Keith Johnson (UNT), and I've never regretted keeping it alive.
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