- James Pandolfi’s method of playing: keeping the air in the lungs, chest out, readily accessible to make short breaths.
- Focusing on other things than practicing: family, house, conducting. Created a system to be able to take time off the trumpet and still perform at a high level.
WAYNE’S WORST MOMENT AS A PERFORMER
Went through a period of time (around 1995) where I had problems with endurance. I wasn’t able to make it through gigs. I was a freelance player in NYC, so it was nerve wracking wondering whether or not I’d be able to play the gig.
Using Pandolfi’s method, I can just focus on making a beautiful sound when I play.
- Not breathing from the diaphragm.
- Keeping it in the top of the lungs.
- Breathing through the nose can be beneficial.
- “Every time I play the instrument, I focus on making a beautiful sound.”
- “Suddenly, playing music was effortless again. It gave me a lot of peace in my mind when performing.”
- “Even after all these years, people don’t hire me because of that period where I struggled.”
THE HOT SEAT
Q: It’s 5 minutes before you go on stage for an important performance… What are you doing?
A: Visualizing (a la Chris Gekker.) Have the music going on in your mind before you go on stage.
Q: What’s the best performance-related advice you’ve ever received?
A: Listen to as many recordings as possible. If you’re playing an audition, have all the music going on in your brain while you play.
Q: Can you share one tip for our listeners to help deal with stage fright? (Physical, mental, etc.)
A: Be as prepared as possible. Stage fright comes from not having confidence in your preparation. Understand every note that everyone else has and everything going on around you.
Q: Imagine you’re on stage. It’s the end of the performance and the audience is on its feet, applauding. They don’t want any more and they don’t want any less. Everything is perfect. What have you just done?
A: I performed at Tanglewood when Leonard Bernstein conducted his second to last concert. The orchestra went all out and the audience applauded for a good 20 minutes afterwards.
It reminded me that I’m doing the right thing, and that the audience deserves a top-n0tch performance every time.
I’d also like to perform Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony!