More Brass Wisdom From A Master

The legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth, Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony (for fifty-two years), advocated to his students that their practice regimen include equal amounts of rest to match the length of the planned rehearsal. This practice resulted in the student measuring what actually took place, as opposed to “how long”was spent in the practice room.

This also resulted in more success, with less muscular fatigue. This process was used by Herseth for many years himself. He coupled this procedure with his concept of practicing as diligently as though he was performing Mahler in Symphony Hall. His mind-over matter approach served him well over his long and very successful career, as the premier symphonic trumpeter of his time.


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