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We Are Not What We Eat, But We Are What We Think About!
Bill Pfund, University of Northern Colorado
The following information is from my Trumpeter’s Pedagogical Guide and is at the heart of what you must strive
to remember whenever you play the trumpet!
I have always loved the sound of the trumpet and the feel of the instrument on my face! Somehow, I have
always thought it strange that this love of the trumpet could determine the direction of my life, my goals, my
work and provide motivation and meaning!

The Basic Idea:

I advocate a “beautiful sound” as the basis for nearly everything learned on the trumpet. Beautiful sound is
the greatest measure of correctness!

Always strive for a beautiful sound through ease and correctness. An easy, correct and beautiful sound should
help with range and endurance and should be the foundation on which to construct a unique style of playing.

Be careful not to be too anxious for the work to be done. The work of creating art is never done and it is never
perfect. We must constantly strive for perfection but we never achieve it!

Art and music are representative of the highest level of man’s existence on this earth. I think art is the most
valuable asset man can leave behind for future generations. For me, art is frequently more real than mortar,
brick and steel. The emotion of the music is real and yet the specifics of the message elude description. The
language of music is primitive in the sense that it can communicate its message through emotion and the
senses even if one is not familiar with it!

When I talk of a beautiful sound, I relate to love and a sense of order. Every note must be beautiful and must
be melody. I remember being asked to “play that more like a trumpet player and less like a musician”. This
insulting statement indicates a lack of sensitivity (in more than one way)! Even the most powerful and poignant
statement made musically on the trumpet must show a sense of love and order.

What You Need To Do To Be A Good Student:


Always be positive and enthusiastic with your love for the trumpet and demonstrate this in your playing.

2. Always be well prepared! Be early to lessons with all your materials
ready and with plans about what you will do in the lesson. Have
any questions written out so that you ask them at the beginning

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Begin work on your next lesson the same day you get the assignment and before you forget what to do! Over prepare everything so that you have a good chance to do it all right.trumpetguild. Make sure everything you do really counts toward being a better player! 5.Masterclass 05/11/09 17:54 any questions written out so that you ask them at the beginning of the lesson. Have a special love for the art and for the trumpet. 3. Just playing through an assignment is a waste of time. Remember what you are working to correct or trying to do. Play everything on the highest level possible! What You Need To Do To Get A Job And Make A Living With The Trumpet: 1. practice tempos. Listen to and emulate the music you hear from the greatest artists on many instruments. and the English translation of all musical terms. Work toward artistic performance always and play with a beautiful sound in every situation from warm-up to warm-down. Do not schedule an appointment or a class immediately before or after your lesson. 2. 4. Bring a cassette tape or a mini disc to each lesson and place it in the recorder the teacher provides or bring your own recording equipment to record your lesson. Always play great! 2. Be resourceful! What You Need To Do To Be A Great Player: 1. 3. 3. 8. Play well all the time.htm Page 2 sur 4 . Write in all appropriate breath Work carefully so that you get things right. Play the trumpet for all the right reasons. 4. You should also keep your own records of assignments and jot down comments made in your lessons that will help your understanding and your playing.ITG Youth Site . The teacher will probably keep some record of your lessons and assignments. 6. (Use pencil only!) 7. http://www.

edu. Colorado. Listening the wrong way or to the wrong people (performance). Lack of effective practice.htm Page 3 sur 4 . Not asking questions. Asking the wrong questions. Lack of resourcefulness and imagination. 8. http://www.Masterclass 05/11/09 17:54 4. He lives in Greeley. 7. I hope this material will be particularly helpful in the quest for making beautiful music! Bill Pfund is the author of The Trumpeter’s Pedagogical Guide. 6. and teaches trumpet at the University of Northern Colorado. where he plays in the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. Pfund has been an active member of ITG since its beginning and is currently on the Board of Directors. 10. and Bill Pfund’s Intermediate Trumpet Method.unco. Poor planning. Bill Pfund’s Beginning Trumpet Method. Rocky Mountain Brass Quintet. 2. you may contact him via email at wpfund@arts. 4. 3. Pfund. Be a truly wonderful person. If you would like to reach Mr.ITG Youth Site . Bill Pfund’s Problem Solving Exercises. Make yourself unique and valuable. 5. Demonstrate your ability to others and share your ability 8. not talking)! 9. Mr. 9. Commit yourself to the art and to the trumpet. 6. Be in the right place at the right time. Common Pitfalls For The Student: 1.trumpetguild. Know what the standards are for the trumpeter in all styles. 5. 7. Taking advice from the wrong people. Being late or ill-prepared. Convince others of your artistry (use playing.

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