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What I learned from my teachers.
I just posted a long overdue reply in the orchestral forum. It was in answer to a question about my experiences studying under Maurice Murphy as a student at the Guildhall 20 years ago.
If you read that post you will see that i have been doing some thinking about where the knowledge that I am now passing on to my own students has come from. I made a list of all my trumpet teachers, mentors, heroes and influential colleagues and thought about what they had given to me. I asked myself to write a sentence summing up the essence of what I had learned from each of them.
As I stated in the other post, this has proved to be a thought provoking and rewarding exercise and is very much work in progress. I will be expanding each sentence into a paragraph and then possibly on to a few pages. This is basically for my own benefit, a kind of stock taking or clarification of my ideas about playing and where they come from. However, if anybody thinks it might be interesting I would be happy to share my thoughts as they take shape.
I just want to make it clear that the following are my own perceptions of what I have learned from these people and not necessarily what they thought they were teaching me. Some of them are well known to all of us, others may be a mystery to you but they all had very special gifts for me, starting with my first teacher, who is my dad.
Mr JW Langley: Stand up straight and point that thing at the audience.
Johnny Lawton: Isn’t music fantastic!
Eddie Atherton: Squeeze your buttocks together and BLOW
Tony Greening: Buy an alarm clock, a pencil and a rubber (that's an eraser in the UK by the way).
Bernard Brown: Always keep an open mind and treat yourself with love and care.
Maurice Murphy: Keep It Simple Stupid
Ray Simmons: Be prepared, respect the music and never let yourself down.
Wynton Marsalis: Play long tones.
Lionel Grigson: Knowledge = Freedom.
Ian Carr: Listen more than you play.
Paul Tunge: Consolidate what you already have.
Scott Stroman: Rhythm is more important than pitch.
Cliff Hardie: The trumpet is a physical instrument, put in the work and reap the rewards.
Jon Faddis: It’s a mind game, unlock the power of your imagination.
Randy Brecker: Study hard and thoroughly.
Kenny Wheeler: Play with courage and humility.
John Barclay: Nail the f***er!
Derek Watkins: Be better than the rest.
Uan Rasey: Music is a gift from God - play with grace and make each note a prayer.
That’s it so far. Cheers, Noel.
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Noel, I'm fairly sure I speak for everyone when I say please do share!
I for one certainly appreciate it.
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