Has anyone else seen this book... by Louis Davidson??
During my trumpet lesson on Saturday, my teacher was telling me about practice strategies described in a book he had and he mentioned one Knud Hovaldt from Denmark who, as a student, practiced only for 20 minutes but repeated that 14 times a day.
As the lesson came to an end he went looking for that book and loaned it to me till next lesson..... It is fascinating because in includes survey responses from Louis Davidson from 33 trumpet players. The responses are mostly in their own handwriting from the likes of Cat Anderson, Maurice Andre, Maynard Ferguson, Pee Wee Erwin, Doc, Clark Terry, Bobby Hackett and Dizzy Gillespie.....among others of the same abilitiies...
The questions asked wereAt what age did you begin to study the trumpet?
Who were the teacher/teachers who had the greatest affect in your development?
Player or players in your field you most admired and who most influenced your own playing?
Player or players in areas of music other than your own whom you admire?
Performers in media other than the trumpet (vocal, piano, violin, etc.) whom you admired and who influence your developement as a musician?
As a student how many hours of practice did you average per day?
as a professional performing artist, how much practicing do you do -- on a day of performance? on a free day?
Do you use the b flat trumpet exclusivly? if not what others?
What size mouthpiece do you normally use?
It winds up with a summary of strategies and notations about these successful players of the past and no doubt applies to the presently successful players as well...