Didyougrow up in a family of musicians? My Dad was a conductor and cornet player,andmy Mom playsthe tuba. My grandmother,frommyfather’s side, was a violinplayerandsinger (shealsoplayed alto saxophone, but onlyfor a littlewhile). Shetaught me my first musiclessons, on the recorder, when I was fouryearsold. Shetaughtmytwobrothers as well. Her father was a cornet player. My grandfather,frommymother’s side,played tuba, valve trombone, andclarinet. His fatherplayedsnare drum. So yes, forseveralgenerations, music has playedan important part in ourfamiliy. Manyaunts, uncles, andcousins are intomusic as well. } Whenandwheredidyou start playingtheTrumpet I startedplayingthe cornet when I was sixyearsold. At home. My Dadshowed me howto get started, howto produce a sound, and he wrote down a C-major scalewiththeappropriatefingerings. It wasn’tuntil I enteredtheconservatory, when I was fourteen, that I startedto take thetrumpet more seriously. Prior tothat, the cornet was mymain instrument. Do youplayanyotherinstruments? Next totrumpet, cornet, andflugelhorn, I alsoplaynaturaltrumpet, and I double on alto/tenor hornandtrombone.
Whatstyle do youplay? Baroque, classical, brassband, pop, funk, jazz. Do youthinktrumpetplaying is difficult? I usedtothinkit was easy. Aftertwofailedattemptsto change my embouchure at theconservatory,severaldystonia type symptoms, andmanyyears of hard worktorecover, well, let’s say I gained a different perspective. It canbevery easy, but itcanalsobeverydifficult.
What do you do to get better? Practice! Certainthings, however,canonlybelearnedbyactualplayingexperience.
Do you do any yoga or other stuff tostay in shape or to get better? Meditationandcertain yoga- andbreathingexercises are part of mydaily routine, but notnecessarilybecause of thetrumpet. For me, theyjustseem like sensiblethingsto do in order to live a balanced life. Your body needsdaily attention, but so does your soul. Do youpractice a lot? Everyday? I actually like topractice, so I tryto do soeveryday. What do youpractice? I mostlyuse Jeff Smiley’sbook, The Balanced Embouchure (BE), as far as embouchure development goes. In my opinion, it’sthe best book out there. Otherthanthat, Arban, Clarke, etudes, things like that. Or I work on somechord changes, playalongwithAebersold, or I practicepartsforanorchestra or band. Who is yourfavouritetrumpetplayer? I don’treally have onefavourite, as there are somany, but the first trumpetplayerthat I reallyloved, was Harry James. My Dad had some of his records, and as a kid, I usedto listen to his musicbeforegoingto sleep. Anothertrumpetplayerwho has been important to me, is Chet Baker. It is because of his musicthat I first becameinterested in learningimprovisation. Eric Vloeimans, whomI’ve had the privilege andpleasuretostudywith, is yetanothertrumpetplayerthat I greatlyadmireand love. Finally, I would have tomentionNiklasEklund, a baroquetrumpetplayer. Whilestill in highschool, I boughtone of his CD’s. I had never heard of him, nor had I ever heard a baroquetrumpet. I was simplyblownaway. Sobeautiful! That’swhen I decidedthat I alsowantedtolearnhowtoplaythenaturaltrumpet. Whatwouldyourecommendpeoplethatjust start playingthetrumpet? Have fun! [Symbol] What do youthink of trumpettrip.com Nice project! How was your meeting withWenofromTrumpet Trip It was a verypleasantafternoon. We gotalong well and time passed without noticing it. I thinktheBE lesson went well too. Let’sstay in touch! Ko de Rooij www.grotergeheel.nl www.balanced-embouchure.eu