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Middle aged brass novice

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morchoxplz Thu 14-Aug-14 17:08:51

I have the opportunity of joining a group of mixed children and adults all brass. It is a spin off of a successful town brass band. I already play piano grade 5ish.
I thought that as I can read music already I just might stand a chance of keeping up with the kids learning wise!!! What are my chances? I have been told most people start with a cornet and move onto other instruments as you progress.

Ferguson Thu 14-Aug-14 17:34:05

As a teenager I tried to teach myself trumpet, from a tutor book (in the 1950s). It was difficult, and I never made the progress I had hoped. Later, I went on to learn drums from a professional teacher. I played drums for forty years - pubs, clubs, student big bands, Old Time Music Hall, annual pantomimes and all the 'standard' musicals, barn dance bands etc.

Most of the valved brass instruments use similar fingering I think; I once understood trombone to be the easiest to start on - maybe it doesn't need as much 'puff' as trumpet.

So, as you already understand music, I should think it is a reasonable goal.

I add below a link to an excellent county music service:

Good luck, and enjoy!

Maestro Fri 15-Aug-14 21:43:36

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