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Breakthroughs In Playing

The Brass Player Magazine - Spring 1999

If you ever want to get a reaction from a roomful of musicians just ask, “If you could have a breakthrough anywhere in your playing, where would it be?” I pose this question at every clinic. It never fails to create a stir. Why? Because most musicians (myself included) do not want to admit they have a deficiency in their playing. However, if you really want a breakthrough in your playing, you’ll be honest with yourself. Drop the ego, admit the deficiency and determine where it lies.

I recently did a clinic at a college in Toronto. I asked the “question” and got the typical “how do you play high notes?” response. I kept asking the same question until finally a freshman trumpet student caved-in and admitted he couldn’t tongue. I asked him to get his horn out and come up to the front of the room. He said he was warmed up so I asked him to play a note in the staff. His sound was weak, his attack non-existant, his explaination: “I try to tongue, but I can’t”. He thought his problem was tonguing but the actual problem began with the words “try” and “can’t”. True, he did have a problem with his air flow, posture, and the way he was holding the instrument, but the basic problem he was having was in his head. So how do we get this guy to tongue you ask? We have to shift his thinking.

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