Musician Humor

From time to time I am sent musician jokes from friends and I thought these were worth posting. A seasoned musician will understand clearly what is going on for we have all been there. Enjoy. A very intense, self-absorbed saxophone player is sitting at the bar after playing all night. A beautiful woman shyly approaches him and says, “Excuse me, I hate to intrude, but I just have to tell you that I saw you play tonight. I have never been so deeply affected by music before. It’s like it woke up my mind and my heart. It also woke…

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Just How Observant Are You?

Let me give you a little test to see how observant you really are. DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE VIDEO! DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE VIDEO! DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE VIDEO! DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE VIDEO! At what point in the video did you realize something was wrong.. 1. When he played his first note (:20)- give yourself 10 points 2. When he switched horns (:50)- give yourself 9 points 3. When he used the wrong fingering on the trumpet on his right (1:09)- give yourself…

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More Reasons Why You Can’t Play High Notes- Part IV

This is the second part of this post and will continue with the following areas- Equipment Big Mouthpiece or Small Mouthpiece? That Is The Question. Part 3 Big Mouthpiece or Small Mouthpiece? That Is The Question. Part 2 Big Mouthpiece or Small Mouthpiece? That Is The Question. Small Mouthpiece vs. Large Mouthpiece How To Place Your Mouthpiece In Your Horn Helpful Suggestions The Trumpet Player’s Octave Key Wet or Dry- That is a Question High Note Entrances Made Easier How to Combat “Stiff Chops” The Correct Embouchure- “Why we teach it incorrectly” Rest As Much As You Play Do You…

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More Reasons Why You Can’t Play High Notes- Part III

After reading Part I and II of this series, you may still have questions as to why the high notes are not your friends and for that reason I will continue with the more traditional answers to this popular dilemma. It could be possible that you are not playing your instrument correctly and I will list some areas where you should check to make sure that everything is working as it should to reach the higher register. Here are some issues with links to some information that you might find helpful- Mouthpiece placement Finding the Correct Mouthpiece Placement Trumpet Mouthpiece…

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Six Reasons Why You Can’t Play High Notes- Part II

Continuing with our review of reasons some of us are lacking a better high range……. Reason #3- You need to work harder. I can attest not only from my experience but the history of watching many students go through the pains and suffering of “working harder” with limited success. It is true that added practicing will increase your upper range just as the extra practicing on the Clarke Technical Studies will improve your finger control as well as your ability to play in more than one key. But the question still stands, why do some play with ease in the…

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Six Reasons Why You Can’t Play High Notes- Part I

Without question the most often concern among trumpet players is this “How can I play high notes”? Every trumpet player wants to increase his/her upper register and will do anything or buy anything that promises this utopia area of the trumpet players available and allusive range. Why do some have the gift while others (including yours truly) suffer here in the kiddy’s wading pool? At this point in time, no one knows and although many have squandered time and money to find the reason for this inequity, we still spend more time and money to find the answer. I will…

Can We Afford To Take Time Off From Our Horn and Still Feel Good About Ourselves?

Here we are at the Springfield, Missouri airport two hours early as instructed and now we are waiting for our flight which is three hours behind schedule. Am I happy? Definitely for I and my wife are on vacation for the first time in two years. I can’t think of anyone I would like better to spend the time with. I have prepared for our stay in Fort Meyers Beach and have with me my laptop, mouthpiece, walking shoes, swim suit and all of my passwords for my sites. This seems like a good time to write about something I…

Practicing on the Road

Much discussion has been raise over the noise factor when practicing on the road and for that reason I wanted to give just another suggestion for solving this problem. Next week I will be on one of our vacations and because of the luggage limitations, I will not be able to take my horn. *&%^%$#@#% I did plan to carry my mouthpiece with me but buzzing on a mouthpiece is not the same as buzzing on a horn. The resistance is such that I end up deciding I wouldn’t do that again. Also the buzzing sound tends to annoy my…

Has Your Faithful Blogster Turned To The Dark Side?

Before any ugly rumors begin to start circulating around the Blogaspher, I need to make a confession to my readers……I own, and currently playing a TROMBONE! (Thunderous gasps of disbelief were heard throughout the galaxy). Yes, it is true that for Christmas my loving wife gave me my Christmas request, a trombone. Now this is not an average garage sale trombone. This is one of the very popular PBones which come in various colors. Our nod was given to the deep blue variety with hopes I will be able to play the blues in the truest fashion. Trombone is not…