This unavoidable consequence of living shapes, a little, what follows. At the end of the day, we live and die. Most of us will leave behind very little of ourselves that will survive a single following generation. It is important for me to live my life well and uniquely, in a way that does not become overmuch a pale reflection of the lives of others.
- When I began my comeback nearly three years ago and joined TM and TH, I was easily intimidated in the virtual presence of so many trained experienced players. In spite of the intimidation I still posted frequently and read more frequently. I got shot down a lot and became embarrassed often, but I persisted and learned. Over the course of time I came to fully embrace the fact that no members know it all when it comes to trumpeting, but by attending to many voices I assimilated information and began forming my personal trumpeting truth, so I could teach myself (VB's concept from a prior post to your thread) in a way that pleased me. For me, Arban's got it right and its applications are only limited by my imagination. Some days my practice is nearly entirely from Arban's. I begin with exercises that address my present goal and end with those stale 19th century etudes that teach me so much about dynamics, phrasing, supported sound, and ornamentation.
- Consistent with what I have written above, I suggest you consider not worrying much about any "new synthesis" and focus instead upon creating your own personal synthesis.
- Constraint of liberty in an internet forum is something self-imposed, I think. As long as a member is not obscene, profane, or troll-ish why should any of us feel constrained? The fact of the matter is that a month or two following any particular post, nobody will much care about something written that elicited disappointing responses.
Somewhere a while back, a forgotten member wrote that effective practice boiled down to meaningful face-time on the trumpet leading to the trumpeter accomplishing his short and long term goals. I like this concept. I play for fun and personal satisfaction. If playing trumpet ever fails me concerning these motives, I'll stop playing.