Wednesday, July 17, 2013
We can learn a lot about ourselves when under the pressures of competing and performing. It's decision time. Will it be depression or motivation? A loss doesn't define you. It serves instead as your most effective instructor. Don't give up. Losing is part of progressing. Consider this ordeal your best lesson, not a judgment. This is not the end, but the beginning of a wiser and much improved trumpet player. You lost that battle, but the war is still yours for the taking.
Appreciate that you have just been given a more focused practice agenda! We don't have hundreds of notes to waste each day. Every note counts, exactly the audition scenario! Work on eliminating that which will eliminate you. Strap onto your bell an anti-dismissal filter which allows only excellence to escape. Don't ever remove it! Next time, try as they might, the committee won't be able to find anything wrong with your playing. Even better, they'll find lots to like.
Monday, July 08, 2013
Simply, you must never miss. You play with all of the above goodies, but you must be all nails. Hit the target center with every note. With that skill and mindset in your arsenal, you can't miss!
Friday, July 05, 2013
Have someone observe your playing. What do they hear, and what do they see? Is your playing bland, colorless, and always the same with no variety? Don't bore your observers and listeners! Boring doesn't sell.
Oh, and just when you might be getting comfortable with your new persona, you must be able to turn on a dime and swap masks. There's nothing like acting! Performing is convincing. Go ahead and play the part.