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    Forte User B15M's Avatar
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    What TM has done for me

    I thought it would be a cool idea if we could post what TM has done for us.
    This could belong in the lounge but maybe a lot of the responses will be trumpet related.

    Since I came up with the idea, I'll start.

    I have been posting and reading for a long time now. According to the site profile I joined 12-30-2003

    A lot has happened here since then. I haven't given much to the site, A little info but I have learned a lot.

    This place has given me access to famous and great players on an intimate level. I can get help with my playing for free. I was able to hang out with Manny for a long time. I got to send him clips of me playing and got free lessons. This would never have happened without TM.

    I not only learned a lot about playing and our industry, I learned a lot about people. There is a huge interaction here with people from everywhere. A true open exchange of ideas.

    Finally I have been writing more and my spelling is getting better.

    There is really to much to put into one post. I'm sure someone else will post something and I'll think, ya, that too.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Fortissimo User MFfan's Avatar
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    Re: What TM has done for me

    This is a good idea Joe. Tis the season to give thanks for all sorts of things. Some things TM has done for me ( TH also).
    1. Seeing a wide range of viewpoints on many topics from a Global perspective which can be shared quickly, which was not the case in the "Old days".
    2.Developing an interest in researching vintage instruments, learning sources of information and building up my knowledge so I feel OK in posting on the many questions in that area and learning something new every day and recognizing there are many more qualified to share on particular subjects than I.
    3. Being amazed at the knowledge out there and freely shared by TM members in many areas I am not up to speed in, but can learn from specific information and anecdotes on many subjects.
    4. Makeing a number of new friends from all over the country and beyond.
    Having like minded folks I can related to whether pros or amateurs and not feel out of place, which is often not the case outside the cyber world.
    5. Just being able to help others by information or actual materials that relate to our different timelines of life, from the beginner to the ancient.
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    Re: What TM has done for me

    TM has introduced me to a large and diverse community of trumpet players/musicians. It has challenged me to think about how I communicate about trumpet/music related topics. It has also helped me to work harder on my comeback. Of course, there's good and bad, positive and negative. However, on balance it's been mostly good and positive

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    Re: What TM has done for me

    Great post Joe!

    I've certainly gained more knowledge than I've given to others and I'm thankful for it.


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    Re: What TM has done for me

    I used to think that i was physically incapable of being able to do certain things on the trumpet. I thought that we all had our limits, and that the good players were those who had that extra special something which is unachievable to most of us mere mortals. However, i have learned that our brain is truly the only thing that restricts our playing, and that my lack or self-teaching and thought has been my biggest challenge, not my slightly off center 2/3 1/3 embouchure!

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    Re: What TM has done for me

    What a great idea for a post Joe.

    It's really difficult to qualify what TM has done for me. TM, or more correctly the membership of TM, has allowed me to improve every aspect of my trumpeting - almost by osmosis. That true professionals have been so generous in offering the unending flow of trumpeting gems just astounds me. For me to be able to offer a tiny bit of my life experiences and have them accepted as generously as you all have, gives me some self worth - thank you. And above all TMers have allowed me to express my very peculiar sense of humour - saving my family from the full brunt of it, once again thank you all.

    Merry Christmas to you all.

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    Re: What TM has done for me

    I've gained a lot of information here, and I've completely changed my daily routine thanks to rowuk. The first few times I read the forums I amassed such an enourmous amount of information that I had no idea existed on the internet for free; I absolutely knew I was sticking. On top of all this, some of the more experienced members have been very kind and generous in their assistance of procuring the supplies I needed but couldn't afford for my playing.

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    I'll second the boost to personal psychology and self challenge that TM can provide. After 2 years on the comeback trail I'm playing in public with musical pros, going high-C and-above before audiences, and have re-acquired the triple and double tonguing I haven't known since drum corps.

    At the same time I've picked-up valuable technical advice. (Rowuk on practice routines, Solar Bell's satin bag trick in a Torpedo bag- works like a charm.)

    The diversity of players, interests, and styles is remarkable. Seasoned NY pros, pensioners with vast horn collections, beginners from Austalia, and Dixieland enthusiasts from Tehran. A similar forum could've given your upright playing Edith Bunker-like aunt access to Valdimir Horowitz. O Brave New World! -Ed

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    Piano User Alan Dismukes's Avatar
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    Re: What TM has done for me

    TM has given me a community of fellow trumpeters to share with. It has given me a better perspective into many different areas of trumpet lore, from playing advice to instrument history and design.

    Thanks Everybody!
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    Forte User Richard Oliver's Avatar
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    Re: What TM has done for me

    It's given me an invite to the bigger trumpet world. Made some friends. Been inspired by it at times too. Given me people to become interested in and care about too.

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