Legit Trumpet Quotes
- Every time you sound good, your
breathing is good
- I couldn't imitate his (G. Mager's)
playing, and I'm convinced one should never do that in
- Why don't you just pick it up and
- What is fundamental is to have a good
example of the sound and then to try to copy it as
faithfully as possible.
- Records are frauds, you know...to the
extent that somebody other than the players and the
conductor has a lot of control over how it's going to
sound. Musicians are really meant to play for a live
- The American symphonic player of today
is more sensitive, using a greater range of shadings and
interpretation. Formerly, trumpet players were more
circumscribed in their tonal response and intrepretation.
- The battle is not with the instrument.
The battle is with ourselves.
- Playing the trumpet is hard because it
is so easy.
- Stay a day ahead of the struggle.
- Warming up is a euphemism. I need to
see that everything is working as it should.
- I think about the concept of sound,
not how I'm going to do it.
- The biggest job of a trumpet player,
particularly in an orcherstra, is to stay in absolutely
- Playing the trumpet is such an
intangible experience. The player is compelled to start
from the beginning and build anew each day. It isn't like
building a house, where we can resume building where we
left off the previous day's accomplishments. Each new day
we must rebuild the foundation of our musical structure.
- The purpose of the daily warm-up and
practice is to reach this high pitch of performance every
- There is no way to realize your
potential unless you throw yourself into it.
- Great desire is indispensable. This
ingredient is the catalyst that makes success possible.
- Be sure every note is a class
- In order to be successful, you have to
play your best when you feel your worst.
- Most successful performers have set
routines, remember, repetition is the mother of
- It is so easy to play right and so
difficult to play wrong.
- If the lips remain flexible and the
tone is not forced, it will be possible to play easily
any note, regardless of register.
- Proper wind control is 98% of correct
- I have never seen a country where they
worry so much about their chops as they do in America.
- If I play four or five hours at home,
I can easily play an hour-long concert. My lips remain
fresh the entire time.
- From a musical point of view, it must
be said that they need to be a bit more musical and take
their time to make music. I want them to pay more
attention to the attacks, the vibrato.
- You must not forget that the lip is a
muscle and it must be treated with care all of one's
life. I massage with warm water in the shower, then with
butter. It's the vitamin C in butter that is wonderful.
- I built my staccato like the piano: my
low register with the warmth of the cello; lyrical
melodies like the violin; running notes like the
- Often I hear people say,"He is
gifted, he doesn't need to work". This is wrong. I
am convinced that I work much more than all the others.
- It is important to practice often
during the day, and not a long time. Play thirty minutes
and rest fifteen minutes. Then play thirty minutes, rest
thirty minutes. Play thirty minutes and rest an hour, The
lips are a muscle and it is important to rest them
frequently. In all, it is good to practice four hours per
- Questions concerning performance
practices are sufficiently complicated that it is
difficult to talk about them, since the music speaks more
eloquently that the word.
- Try to determine that in the actual
exhalation of breath there are already living
fluctuations of the airstream, which will bring about he
vibrato. It is best to use that as a point of departure
and avoid using anything artificial by means of motion or
- Mouthpiece practice is particularly
recommended after a long period of interruption,
vacation, or sickness. It is not mandatory to buzz on a
regular basis. Each should use it according to its
- If a player wants to practice for two
or three hours, divide the time into three sessions,
forty to sixty minutes each, morning, afternoon, and
evening (before dinner). Or, in two sessions of 60 to 90
minutes each, one in the morning and one in the evening.
- Physical control should be learned by
striving for musical results, regardless of physical
feeling or appearance
- To be a teacher you need to be as good
a performer as you can be: you'll have more to impart to
your students musically.
- Today's musicians, listening to the
near perfection found in most recordings, have begun to
demand perfection of themselves and of everyone else.
Higher standards are good, but too high is dangerous, and
make us hypercritical and creates fear of performance.
- When a veteran in the business gives
you advice, listen carefully to what he has to say. The
chances are a hundred to one that he is right.
- Lots of players can hit high C and
play very rapidly and are still useless when it comes to
- My best advice is listen to your
teacher. Don't listen to other students.
- Hitting high notes consistently has a
lot to do with practicing. To play high trumpet and keep
the flexibility to do other kinds of playing, which is
necessary for studio work, you have to practice. I put in
a minimum of three hours a day.
- In order to play any brass instrument,
you have to be a singer in your brain.
- We should not think in terms of the
trumpet player but of the man who is playing the trumpet.
- We communicate through motor systems
not sensory systems. Do not become involved in
self-analysis while performing music. You must keep the
product (your musical message) foremost in your mind.
- No one will ever pay to hear us strain
- You should be making progress in the
first 10 minutes of playing.
- Rely on the lungs (they don't get
tired and don't know you've been resting a long time
before an entrance).
- Find your breaking point (in the low
register for example) and work in that area. That is
where the progress will be.
- The greatest compliment: "You
played so well that I forgot you had a trumpet in your
- Practice pieces each day that allow
you to just play and do what comes naturally. This will
help your keep from being tied up with technique.
- We practice and develop trumpet
technique because it allows us to express ourselves
musically in an effortless and meaningful way.