You can learn a lot by experiencing live music. Recordings are great, but you just can’t grasp the magnitude of a truly special musical moment while listening on your iPod. You know the moments I’m talking about — when the performer “sheds” his/her instrument and there is only music left.
Experiencing live music also lets you see the inverse — when a player struggles with the level of technical ability needed (or, even worse, when equipment gets in the way).
So what can be done about it? How can we get to that next level? One of the answers is practice. Practice a lot. But that’s not the only thing we can do. If we’re being hindered by our instrument — if it doesn’t fit us — attaining our lofty goal is going to be that much harder.
The odds of all of us being able to pick up a stock horn and having it work for us are slim. That’s why we at Edwards invest so much time in our appointments. Our goal is to match our horn to every player so that the instrument “goes away” and the music within you can come out. We’re trying to allow the player a level of musical independence.
If the music you perform demands more than your instrument is allowing you to do, you owe it to yourself to find a horn that works. Let’s all get the instrument out of the way so the music can come out.