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« on: Jan 12, 2004, 06:28AM »

Hi there.

I consider myself to be a beginner on the tennor trombone. I want to get to the stage of playing professional jazz. where do I go from here. (not a lot of experience or knowledge).
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 12, 2004, 06:37AM »

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« Reply #2 on: Jan 12, 2004, 07:40AM »

Get yourself a good private teacher, get into a good jazz band that is playing at your level, maybe your school big band if they have one.

Listen to all the players you can, read good books and practice, practice, practice...
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 12, 2004, 02:12PM »

If possible, I would try to get into a band slightly above my level, rather than at my level, so as to give me added incentive to improve.

But yeah, practice a lot, study privately with a teacher, and listen to a lot of jazz (and other music).
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 12, 2004, 02:16PM »

Infinite amounts of perfect practice makes perfect.  Try to attain the level of perfection.  How old are you anyway?
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 12, 2004, 03:07PM »

To get good, you have to know what 'good' sounds like. Other wise, thinking you're getting better, you may progress in a direction that is really "off". Listen to as much good trombone playing as possible. But don't just limit it to trombone! Listen to other kinds of music, from bebop sax to classical piano to Miles Davis cool-jazz trumpet ... nothin' wrong with being versatile!  
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 12, 2004, 08:34PM »

I agree with Tbone Stakes, you should listen to as much jazz as you can. Find yourself an idol, whether it be a sax player, piano player, triangle player, trombone player or whatever, and try to match their sound and style. I would also recommend private lessons. It is amazing how 30-60 min a week with a teacher can make you so much better.
But one thing to remember is to never stop practicing, even if it is just 10 min a night.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 13, 2004, 04:21AM »

I feel that being a pro is not necessarily a destination, but it is a certain path.  A person on this path has certain habits, tendencies, and for lack of better term "aura" that makes him or her a professional.

I actually wrote an article last year that describes my observations of people that exemplify the path of a pro:

 Seven Habits
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 13, 2004, 08:02AM »

Nice Covey reference...
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 17, 2004, 05:13AM »

That's kinda an easy question to answer. Always challenge yourself. Practice alot and practice smart. Get a good private lesson teacher. never give up. Listen to some jazz bands. It's gonna take a while to become pro, but if it's what you wanna do, go for it!          
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