I really should be a better player.



  • Here I am at probably 11 or 12, in my room with Frank Gifford of the NY Giants artwork on the wall. Playing my heart out.887F76C3-2023-459E-B6A5-426789E5C444.jpeg
    And I am not a comeback player. I never totally stopped playing. This is 56 years ago, give or take......
    I really should be so much better....



  • I did a lot of things with the trumpet that I can't do today when I played some 50 years ago between '53 and '65. So I should be a better player, too, but I am not. Age has a way of changing things.

    I do think I am a smarter player today, and a bit more knowledgeable in the music theory thing, but you'd have to call 911 if I tried playing a 3 hour wedding gig these days.
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    Poor quality, but this is me with my 5 piece combo playing a teen dance in the early 50s.



  • @GeorgeB said in I really should be a better player.:

    I did a lot of things with the trumpet that I can't do today when I played some 50 years ago between '53 and '65. So I should be a better player, too, but I am not. Age has a way of changing things.

    I do think I am a smarter player today, and a bit more knowledgeable in the music theory thing, but you'd have to call 911 if I tried playing a 3 hour wedding gig these days.
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    Poor quality, but this is me with my 5 piece combo playing a teen dance in the early 50s.

    I like it. But George, A slight correction. Brace yourself. Some fifty years ago was......are you ready? 1970....



  • That trumpet in the photo.....no finger hole, no bracing, absolutely no engraved brand anywhere to be found on the Horn. Surprising I was even enthusiastic enough to continue playing since it was so difficult to get any decent sound. Of course the player didn’t help much. It was a bit of a joint effort in that sense. That Horn wouldn’t even be lamp worthy, I don’t think.



  • @BigDub
    Ha Ha... I stopped playing in 1965 and started playing again in 2016... that made it 51 years. Should have written that differently to make it clearer.



  • @BigDub said in I really should be a better player.:

    That trumpet in the photo.....no finger hole, no bracing, absolutely no engraved brand anywhere to be found on the Horn. Surprising I was even enthusiastic enough to continue playing since it was so difficult to get any decent sound. Of course the player didn’t help much. It was a bit of a joint effort in that sense. That Horn wouldn’t even be lamp worthy, I don’t think.

    But it sure looked purdy, Wayne .



  • Those were the good old days.

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  • Pre-Trumpet but warming up for the event on the Hammond B3 at my first club gig. Played once a month at the Golden Rooster, Anderson Twp, Cincinnati OH. That is Ronnie Dale in the background. He was the original organist for the Cincinnati Reds.
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  • Old bodies don't recover as fast as young ones. Old brains don't learn as fast as young ones. I've had serious interruptions in my playing career*, and each time the recovery was slower. I wonder how I did all the things I did that seem out of reach now, but I'll continue within my capabilities to improve in spite of the frustration. It still feels good to play, and having the knowledge and experience to be able to play better as time goes on is a reassuring balance to the disappointment of things happening slowly.

    • for lack of a better term


  • @Dr-GO said in I really should be a better player.:

    Pre-Trumpet but warming up for the event on the Hammond B3 at my first club gig. Played once a month at the Golden Rooster, Anderson Twp, Cincinnati OH. That is Ronnie Dale in the background. He was the original organist for the Cincinnati Reds.
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    I think my first trumpet might indeed have been better than that trumpet there on top of the organ



  • @BigDub said in I really should be a better player.:

    @Dr-GO said in I really should be a better player.:

    Pre-Trumpet but warming up for the event on the Hammond B3 at my first club gig. Played once a month at the Golden Rooster, Anderson Twp, Cincinnati OH. That is Ronnie Dale in the background. He was the original organist for the Cincinnati Reds.
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    I think my first trumpet might indeed have been better than that trumpet there on top of the organ

    Maybe so, but at one point I had a dancer sitting on my organ.



  • @Dr-GO said

    Maybe so, but at one point I had a dancer sitting on my organ.

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  • @Dr-GO said in I really should be a better player.:

    @BigDub said in I really should be a better player.:

    @Dr-GO said in I really should be a better player.:

    Pre-Trumpet but warming up for the event on the Hammond B3 at my first club gig. Played once a month at the Golden Rooster, Anderson Twp, Cincinnati OH. That is Ronnie Dale in the background. He was the original organist for the Cincinnati Reds.
    7c960f56-4dc1-47e0-8367-28b5b35d3e96-image.png

    I think my first trumpet might indeed have been better than that trumpet there on top of the organ

    Maybe so, but at one point I had a dancer sitting on my organ.

    No comment.



  • Correction on the picture I posted : when a print was made from the negative, the neg was flipped. I incorrectly look like a left handed player. This next picture was printed correctly: IMG_20140921_0002_NEW.jpg


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