New to Brass

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Flat Eric, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. Flat Eric

    Flat Eric New Member

    Hello, the kids have finally moved out, I have time to spare, I don't like watching tv and I need a new hobby.

    A while back I was at a music festival and got chatting to a couple of guys who were playing in a brass band. They invited me to go along to a practice session and try a brass instrument.

    Fast forward a few months and I'm involved with a learner band. Struggling to keep up with the talented kids and baffled by all those dots on the page; but loving every minute of it!
  2. Jack E

    Jack E Well-Known Member

    . . . you and me both, Eric - welcome aboard! ;)
  3. 2nd tenor

    2nd tenor Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the world of Brass Banding. In that it seems to take forever - and in my case probably will - getting better at playing is like a long journey, both plan to and work at enjoying the journey. It is frustrating and embarrassing when some spotty kid plays better than you but just roll with it and enjoy what they can do instead. Have some fun, don’t worry about what you can’t do, do a moderate amount of practice, be patient and make friends as best you can. Good luck and enjoy.
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  4. Queeg2000

    Queeg2000 Active Member

    You do have one major advantage over the kids. Most of them put their instrument in the case at the end of rehearsal and it stays there until the next rehearsal.

    Ten minutes a day (I find ten minutes a day more beneficial than 70 minutes a week) will quickly have you playing better than those pesky kids.

    Unfortunately a lot of those kids will stop playing in their teens.
  5. Jack E

    Jack E Well-Known Member

    Queeg; up to a point, you have a point - but only up to a point. Many youngsters do fail to practise between rehearsals - but not all. Many do stop playing in their teens - but not all. Our band is a fine example of how many don't fall by the wayside.

    Solo cornet, solo horn, sop cornet, rep cornet, first horn, second horns, three of the four percussionists, and four other cornets all started with the band as 'kids' - and are still playing (some are still teenagers, and some are now adults), and in a first section band, at that! They didn't achieve that standard of playing by never practising between rehearsals, so don't tar all youngsters with the same brush.
  6. Queeg2000

    Queeg2000 Active Member

    I did say a lot and most, rather than all.

    In my experience, the ones that are most likely to practice and or stick with it are those who have a parent who plays. It's hard enough getting motivated to practice when you have support, when you have family and neighbours who complain about the noise and the temptation of a games console for many kids practice is just something they pretend they did.

    Many kids, my own included simply get bored of playing altogether, though I have persuaded mine to help out if we are short.

    Others move away to university, or their families move. We have a few of our better players leaving us for university in a few weeks. Over the next few years we stand to lose quite a few more for the same reason.

    Fortunately we do have a strong pool of talent in our youth band ready to step up, though some find the step from leading the youth band to the junior member of the senior band off putting. Not sure if this is because the standard expected is much higher or simply because they see feel insulted by being relegated to the bottom of the row they were heading an hour previously.
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