Update for everyone: I'll probably be out of hospital some time next week.
There are those who know everything about me, and those who know nothing, and those who know little bits.
Everyone has a reason for being in one of those groups, and I respect every single one.
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This question is one that hits me very directly as it is connected to my permanent condition as an Autistic... We in the Autistic Spectrum tend very much to overemphasize our shortcomings and belittle our capabilities - it's just one of the expressions of how our brain is functioning. I don't say that only we experience this; but most of us are more prone to thinking we are not good enough than Neurotypicals. I'm looking at my own example: I finished my Leaving certificate with best marks, being third in a class of 129; I completed undergraduate university in record time with an MA in history as third of a class of 355. I then completed my PhD in record time - less than a year - coming second in a class of 88. And yet I always sought after becoming better still because being second was already a cause for depression - I was simply unable to put my achievements in relation to what others managed to do. Even when I reached the absolute pinnacle of my chosen profession and was awarded a Professorship in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, I was not content. I could not strive for more, but there was that nagging thought I was not good enough... it ended with a divorce and deep depression; several years of therapy which did not help me at all because the therapists did not recognize the root of the problem, i.e. my Autism (and please forget everything about Rain Man and similar movies: There are such people about, but they are at most one % of the Spectrum). Only when one clever psychiatrist, at the goading of my wife, took the trouble of testing me for Autism did I suddenly receive the master key to everything that had ever happened in my life, and to my own mind. Since then, I have found the key to compromise and happiness; and now, I am not driven any more to try and reach unattainable goals, but am content to be what I am, and - in music - to be a good player within my own comfort zone. I still try to do as well as I can; but I now accept my own limitations while still trying to improve. And I am happy that way.
Hope you could make some sense out of this.
Whether you are celebrating Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Diwali, or the 12th Week of Halloween, or Birthday or Wedding Anniversary or Happy 9th Divorce, my Season's Greetings to you. May all of you enjoy the best of health, the best of food, the best of company, and the best of trumpets!
RE: Mid Performance Emergency Sub
At this point, I think I just have to chip in with the story of how I got hooked into big bands... 1993... I was a fairly competent amateur player with lots of experience in brass bands and wind bands, some orchestral stuff and already a vast repertoire of church stuff. No jazz experience whatsoever. Then, one Saturday morning, I got a phone call... a very Bavarian, very bearded voice at the other end...
"I've heard you're a trumpet player." -
"We are a big band." -
" You have a red shirt?" -
"Free this afternoon?" -
"Be at the Saint Florian Restaurant at three." CLICK.
Spoof or truth? Well, the place was not too far away, so I collected everything I thought I might need... rotary Bb, rotary C and picc, black jacket and bow tie... (my usual church gig outfit) and went there.
In my innocence, I thought it might be just a short gig, with probably a third or fourth trumpet awol, possibly an hour's sight-reading of easy stuff, cash in and get out... "otherwise you don't hire a guy you don't know anything about four hours before a gig"...
What I found...
an Austrian wedding, and the band scheduled to play for the afternoon coffee break, then provide dinner music and continue to play for the dancing until dawn... the guy who had gone awol was the 1st trumpet, and they expected me to fully replace him for a whopping 16 hours or so... with a repertoire I had never seen or played before... I had to come clean about my big band experience so far, so trumpet #3 stepped up and I filled his place and managed to muddle through somehow... interestingly enough, they did not throw me out afterwards with catcalls and rotten eggs, but invited me in as full replacement for the now promoted #3. I stayed with that outfit for a full eleven years, playing another 196 weddings with them, 40-50 balls, and smaller gigs, numerous... have never been without a big band ever since.
RE: A little humour
@bigdub Sir Thomas Beecham is best remembered for this incident... He loved to mingle with the audience in Covent Garden during the interval. One day a guy rushed into him and without apology, asked him where the loo was. Sir Thomas told him to follow a certain passage, adding, "The first door is labelled "Ladies". Don't go in there. The second door is labelled "Gentlemen". Go in there nevertheless."
And who is the new moderator?
Suddenly, after a longish wait, I found "Global Moderator" beside my name... well, quite a few people here know about me from TM, but for all those who don't or who did not really care at the time, here's all about me. I don't have a fancy website - more or less because I'm busy updating my wife's website. But here's everything of interest about me:
I'm a 53-year-old Bavarian (well, German national, but I prefer my local tribe) living in Austria, near Vienna. Married to an opera singer (www.reginaschoerg.com). By trade, I am a historian.
My musical past consisted of children's choir, then the local church choir and finally, after studying voice with several renowned teachers, soloist with the Passau Cathedral Choir and the Dublin Guinness Choir. From age four, I played piano - did not really like it, but was good at it.
Until I accidentally put my hand through a glass door and cut a nerve. Fortunately, the same year I had won my first trumpet in a raffle... went on to Kinneil Band in Scotland (current British National Champions!), then back to Germany. Seven years in Ireland, playing with a number of brass bands and the Greystones Symphony, eventually conducting this orchestra. Since then, Principal Trumpet of the one and only Vienna Klezmer Orchestra (www.klezmerorchester.at) and webmaster for Munich-based Markus Fluhr Big Band (www.bbmf.de).
So far, I have performed on trumpet in twelve different countries and a total of 97 orchestras or bands (usually as a sub). I have been known to pack the car at a moment's notice and drive several days just for one interesting gig...
My finest moment in history? When I walked into a Vienna coffee house and they had a clarinet converted into a table lamp!
Feel free to contact me - I'm sure to answer.
RE: Seeking input on Rules
Three important points:
I would be extremely honoured if Rowuk were to consent to share the Holy Office of Moderatorship.
I acknowledge that administrators are human beings with all human failings. But perhaps the administrator could be persuaded to open a second account as "admin - private" to voice those topics he/she/it can't address in an official capacity. Then we could soundly abuse him without abusing the office...
The main reason for the disappearance of TM was that no one knew who the admin was, where the community was based and how to access the server and such small technical details. I am not aware that the situation as to TB is in any way different. If we don't want to have the same thing happen to TB, we need to make sure someone else apart from the admin knows how to manage things in case the admin has toothache or the runs or is incapacitated by the three main reasons why trumpet players disappear: Drink, Dungeon or Death.
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RE: Same high quality as Recording models
@Dale-Proctor Even more to the point, there are Ambassadors, Ambassadors and Ambassadors... during the long production run of the name, the style and fittings of the Ambassadors changed so often that first-run and late-model Ambassadors only share the name...
RE: Hello to all on Trumpet boards, and any Olds fans
@J-Jericho I had a Studio once, and loved it; but then, Votruba's of Vienna told me they had a Recording sitting there, unsold for man months because no one liked the Balanced style; and so I got it for a mere song (less than € 500): A 1954 LA Recording, almost unplayed, with almost virgin valves... now my main axe. I consequentl sold the Studio and was able to afford a Courtois Balanced as well... just out of the sale proceedings of the Studio...
Looking for trumpet in low F
Seems that in the coming years, I will be doing lots of Brahms (and contemporaries) on 2nd trumpet... at least eight times per year, with suitable rehearsal periods, in quite a few very interesting locations; now many of those original 2nd trumpet parts were written for trumpet in F, and I really don't like the idea of playing them with a modern instrument - especially as I don't like transposing, and in many cases there are no transposed Bb parts avalaible.
Does anone here know of a viable - playable! - F trumpet that might become available in the very near future? First gig would be in October...
RE: My Myopericarditis
All the best for our recovery!
Having recently suffered a minor stroke, I know what it is to lie around in hospitals... a good cure during rehab was seeing all those other patients who had been hit far harder than me.
From day one, I had my pocket trumpet with me to practise; unfortunately without a mute. I then ordered Thomann's own brand warm-up mute which did the job. Nice, small, and well intonated, it surprised me as being better than the Wick... can only recommend it.
As to sound reduction: Quite a few nurses encouraged me to play, seeing my horn. And were very astonished when I told them that I was working on Arban up to two hours per day. No one outside my room had noticed...
RE: European Music Scene
@administrator There are amateur orchestras aplenty, with very different standards. And there are amateur orchestra projects that differ even more widely. On the top end, there are companies out there offering orchestra projects for amateurs to join, with top-class coaches and conductors (I've booked my next project already, in Sicily in April www.dacapo-travel.eu), in exciting locations, with warmth and good food thrown in (http://www.musicandoitaly.com/en/stageitaly.html). These are highl recommendable as they offer real musical class and the chance of being a member of a high quality orchestra (many of the people attending these are retired professionals). I've been attending such workshops for some years now, and have found new friends (amongst them the former Principal Trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) and played in very special settings... pics to follow...
RE: European Music Scene
@administrator If you think of coing over and making a living off music - forget about it. The few paying jobs there are will usually go to the local guys, with the proper hive smell about them.
Covid-19 killed off many venues and chances for paid music, and now inflation is smothering the rest. Why are there currently so many good musical instruments for sale online? Yes, it's because professionals are selling their instruments or at least their backups just to eat and stay warm.
As for mere playing opportunities - if you don't want money for it, still plentiful. Many bands out there welcoming players for a sit-in. If you want to try this - welcome.