This is one of two posts I am going to do today. Please be patient, I am just so psyched-up. April 19th will mark 18 months on the comeback trail. I have been contemplating joining one of the more serious community bands in the area. I brought my teacher the repertoire and told him that my goal is to "eventually" play for this particular community band. He said that in terms of range and endurance I am way more than there. He would be happy to work on the material with me. He suggested that second or third chair is a real possibility. I feel like my comeback dream is starting to come true: to play in a band and work my way up. I will be meeting with the conductor soon to review what I will need for auditions in September.
Where am I now after 18 months? Without even having heard of pedal notes before, I can now play from pedal C from Chase Sanborn's exercises. I can now play low G extensions to D over high C like it is nothing from Don Johnson's book. I have now two one-hour practice sessions where the second session is devoted entirely to Clarke Technical studies.
I have been working on the physical aspect of playing so that making music is easy. I think that is Claude Gordon's approach. I am fundamentally an emotional person (perhaps like all musicians). So, I have never felt that there is a problem expressing myself while playing music, or connecting with the music I am playing. The only limitations have been physical or technical and I focused solely on minimizing those limitations, although I know that the job is never done.
I am simply at bliss with my trumpet. My trumpet life has not passed me by. Absolute dedication is finally paying off. In fact, when crossing paths with another student as my turn was up, my teacher pointed to me and said, now that is one dedicated trumpet player. That alone, is enough to get me flying high. I have live my live by the saying of Charles Moody: "Mediocrety when focused can excel". It is all about focus.