Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Great Music Inhibitor
Every time we sing without the instrument the result is good, usually very good. Add the trumpet however, and we suddenly develop issues. The good news is that we are able to sing what the printed page demands pretty well. The bad news is that we hold in our hands the great music inhibitor, the trumpet. Sadly, few are conquerors, and many have been maimed and slain by the 3-valved brainless monster. So who is able to deal successfully with our beloved and hated foe?
Our simple mission is to overcome the inhibitor. We overcome by wisely utilizing our enormous inventory of artistry and passion. We need a steadfast resolve to make the instrument obey the music master within us. Practice is a daily struggle for dominance as the music does battle with the instrument. When we dwarf the musical input, the horn wins every time. When we strengthen the musical intent, the instrument will become our servant.
A successful battle requires an intelligent strategy and a persistent, careful attack on the enemy. The enemy's victory depends on a bewildered and frustrated opponent. Having a weak musical message and sloppy battle skills results in certain defeat for the musician. Again, we must prepare for a daily battle which is quite winnable but requires great musical vision, determination, and wisdom.
Who's enlisted for the fight?