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kgsmith1
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2022 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't waste time trying to learn difficult music. It's the player who has the difficulty, not the music.

Instead learn to play everything easily and expressively.
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cbtj51
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2022 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seymor B Fudd wrote:

3)no Safari.......You gotta know what your´e looking for otherwise you´ll get lost in the desert. Or get forever running for the Holy Grail.


The real power was never in the artifact anyway!

Life is Short, find the Joy in it!

Mike
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a great question, but I start off with forgiving myself for not knowing any better. The information we have available so easily today just wasn't out there in the late 70's, early 80's, when I was starting out.

We often blame not having a teacher, or placing too much importance on the horn or mouthpiece, or not practicing enough, as sources of regret, for not playing better.

Well, my mistake was not changing things more quickly when they weren't working out, and not trying more new things sooner, while I was younger.

I had the same teacher for 6 years, and as great a guy and mentor in jazz as he was, when my chops weren't coming together despite the practice, I should have sought other help.

Gear wise, I should have tried a smaller mouthpiece, instead of the bigger one my teacher played, and a different horn than the Strad I played so long. I should have kept the Calicchio I got from him, though!

I should have rested more and not rushed, forced things, when I practiced.

I should have been open to more playing experiences, not just a certain branch of small group jazz (the Tristano scene).

I should have pursued music more in college, maybe I would have learned I wasn't cut out to be a pro, or I would have just stuck to guitar, instead of always wondering "what if?" while I did something else.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cbtj51 wrote:

The real power was never in the artifact anyway!

Life is Short, find the Joy in it!

Mike


You have a way with words, my friend. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

delano wrote:
I would never, never buy any vintage horn again.

Why?
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Bill Blackwell
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Trumpet Journey Revisited Reply with quote

jhatpro wrote:
If you could start your trumpet journey over, what would you do differently and why?

I'd check my ego (lead trumpet player's syndrome) at the door. It's more common than many would like to admit - especially when you're young!

Why? Although while growing up I was always pretty good for my age, I was never as good as I thought.
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