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    Piano User BrotherBACH's Avatar
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    "Your" words of advice.

    OK. If you could goback in time and give yourself “words of advice” that would have saved you somuch time and agony on the trumpet, what you your top ten points be. This would apply to any beginner or comebackplayer. I will start. Then, I want to read and learn from yours.
    In order:
    1. Find the best teacher you can as soon aspossible.
    2. Find someone better than you and try to playduets or a daily maintenance routine with them.
    3. Clarkes Technical studies will teach youeverything you need to know to develop a good embouchure, whatever that is for you.
    4. You will be able to play longer as your embouchureimproves and you become more efficient at using your tongue and air.
    5. It takes time to develop the skill. Be patient with yourself.
    6. Be a musician who plays the trumpet, not just atrumpet player.
    7. Spend some time sight reading EVERY day, even ashort piece.
    8. Play music with and in front of others as soonas you possibly can.
    9. Approach your daily maintenance routine asskilling building, not weight lifting exercises where you try to performsuperhuman feats of strength.
    10. Lock on to the physical sensation when you dothings correctly, even if you have to keep a diary of the details.


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    Re: "Your" words of advice.

    Thank you for starting a thread like this. I would have to think about this some before I could add much to what you have already said.

    The one thing that does come to mind as a result of my trumpet past is:

    Don't let anyone tell you that you can't or never will learn to play the trumpet or discourage you in any way!!!

    Play it in a way that shows your emotions.

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    Re: "Your" words of advice.

    Hi New guy here. This comes very close to heart. I like what was put on cause it should be practice by everyone. I had to battle through Bells palsy and I could not
    touch my trumpet for a year! Man it has take some work to get back into it.

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    Re: "Your" words of advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cumbia-salsa-merengue View Post
    Hi New guy here. This comes very close to heart. I like what was put on cause it should be practice by everyone. I had to battle through Bells palsy and I could not
    touch my trumpet for a year! Man it has take some work to get back into it.
    Welcome to TM. Battling physical limitations that crop up unexpectedly is quite a setback. Keep it up!!

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    Re: "Your" words of advice.

    Hi Cumbia,
    good to know you're back into playing. Bell's palsy is nothing to wish to anyone. Keep up the practice.
    I like he idea of the Brother's thread and especially the point #10. We spend too much time trying to figure out what we're doing wrong when things are not so good and not enough to lock in what we're doing right on good days, when it's so tempting to play away.

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    Re: "Your" words of advice.

    1. Get a better horn and mouthpiece to learn on.

    2. Listen to the junior high band director's advice and switch to tuba.

    3. Since I didn't do #2, get a better trumpet as my next horn.

    4. Take up the offer from the best trumpet player in town for lessons before he moves to Atlanta.

    5. Go to a university with a music program.

    6. Don't quit playing for 6 years after college.

    7. Endure the symphony gig rat race a little longer - it leads to all sorts of other playing opportunities. Once you resign, you drop off the face of the trumpet-playing universe.

    8. Don't get mixed up with playing in a Civil War band - the money is good, but the stigma is possibly not worth it.

    9. Big band music is the most fun to play, but it generally pays nothing. When the door is split 16 ways, you don't get squat.

    10. Don't invest in a bunch of cheap horns - buy a few really good ones. Quality, not quantity.
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    Re: "Your" words of advice.

    My advice is:

    to learn to listen. We have so many brats telling the pros how to play - hmm

    to look in the mirror. Most of the time, the real answers in life are NOT spectacular. They consist of the ability to see our own warts

    develop time management skills. How many players come here in the last minute and want to "fix stuff" - a high C before the audition next monday, double C for the audition next month, a performance in a week that needs "polishing". All of this short term "patch it" stuff is pure stupidity. We are creatures of habit, that means that the best results come when we start slowly, pay attention to precision and have the time for hundreds to thousands of repetitions.


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    This has been posted elsewhere at TM, but is so profound.
    Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

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    Re: "Your" words of advice.

    Practice often. I got this one down.

    Rest as much as you play. Something that I need to do a better job of.

    Get a good teacher. Something I have not done. That is changing very soon. Finances are finally going to allow it!

    Progress is not always a forward motion. There will be setbacks. Learn what causes the setbacks and keep trying.

    Never give up. I did that once. It made for a very miserable decade of my life.

    Don't play to prove something. Play because you love the music.
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    Re: "Your" words of advice.

    Do your homework before you practice - you can practice all night when you're done with your stupid English paper!

    Don't be afraid to learn some more classical literature - it only means more gig opportunities.

    Don't let the idiots get you down. They all wish they had what you do!

    Theory isn't hard or scary, and neither is math.

    Take notes at lessons, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

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    Re: "Your" words of advice.

    yep, do your school work , go to class and quit hanging out in the practice rooms.
    quit the rock band and focus on college..
    Find a teacher who inspires you to play and one who you can trust.... and knows his stuff.
    Always be working on a jazz transcription and build up a librairy of licks you can play over changes.
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