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tmaudlin
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Joined: 27 Aug 2012
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Location: Keizer, Oregon

PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 8:44 pm    Post subject: Happiness Reply with quote

Well my wife died after 42 years of marriage from diabetes. I miss her very much. I thought I should start playing the trumpet again. I sold all of my horns so I went and bought a new horn. I look forward to playing every day.
I have a mile high of books from the 60's and 70's. so I have plenty to play. I enjoy the old memories I have from the old days with trumpet lessons and when I play they come back to me. All of the notes from my lessons are still in my books. I enjoy playing the songs and etudes the best. K tonging sucked back Then and it still sucks so forget that. I warm up for about 20 min and start playing songs etc. so for all of you out there enjoy your day and remember why you are playing. I hope it makes you happy.
Tyler...
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Dayton
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Joined: 24 Mar 2013
Posts: 397
Location: USA

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tyler, I am sorry about your loss, but glad that you are finding happiness in playing the trumpet again. Have you joined, or considered joining, a community band? Best wishes.
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GeorgeB
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Joined: 20 Apr 2016
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Location: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tyler, I am 81 years old and played trumpet in the 50s and 60s but gave it up, sold my Conn 28B and pursued a career in printing and publishing. I had a wife and children to care for and gigs were getting harder to find in the 60s. The career move was the correct one. My wife died in March 2012 after a wonderful 57 years of marriage. The following years were tough, but on March 8, 2016, exactly 4 years after my wife's passing, I dug an old student horn out of the closet and started blowing again. It was the smartest thing I did since becoming a widower . I had purpose in life again. And on this past Monday night I played first trumpet in the local Horizons Band Spring Concert.

You made the right decision, my friend. All the best to you and good luck with your comeback.
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Pete
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Joined: 24 Nov 2001
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Location: Western Massachusetts

PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Music is powerful therapy. Hang in there.

Pete
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Benge.nut
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Joined: 18 Mar 2017
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Tyler,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is very cliche but mourning a loss of somebody so important is a process and takes time. You know that, and don't need to hear about it again.

I'm glad you picked the horn up again, and are being flooded with so many good memories, and I hope you keep them at the front of your mind and they make you happy and help you find some peace.

Another poster mentioned a community band? Maybe that's something you might consider. Besides your own growth and improvement in trumpeting, there are always some great friendly people in those groups and seeing some smiling new faces is always a good thing.

I hope you are getting lots of hugs and find some kindness and tenderness from friends and family. And for what it's worth, I'll say a prayer for you, your wife and your family. Again, I'm so very sorry for your losss.

Now go play some trumpet!!!!
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tpter1
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a beautiful sentiment, Tyler. Much needed. My condolences on your loss- I can't imagine what I'd do without my wife there anymore.

There was a period of time earlier this year where I just did not want to practice. I lost all motivation. I had forgotten why I play. It really is an important thing to remember.

Thanks, man.
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