Week 25 of Harrelson's Weekly Trumpet Challenge contest is afoot. I hope my jazzy little improv of Now's the Time would make Mr. Parker proud. I am supposed to be valuing the journey with winning the contest being a distant second in terms of priorities. Just between you and me...I am totally not! Perhaps it is my age or my ridiculously competitive family culture or that I am fifteen and just want to win, but winning is my big focus! On a more serious note, I learned a lot entering this contest! I hope Harrelson recognizes the value of running this contest...My discoveries:
Talented sound engineers are worth their weight in gold
That multiple trys are a necessary evil to grab just the right take
How to set up my Mac to properly record audio
I am blessed to have people around me that provide constructive feedback rather than just compliments and a family that encourages me to "spread my wings" and do things like this contest
Listening to myself is tough, but the self audit lessons learned are powerful, such as with a harmon mute there is volatility in my volume (particularly in the lower register)
The environment in which one records has great influence over the sound quality, projection, microphone's effectiveness, etc.
It is fun!
Thank you Harrelson for the learning experience and a great holiday memory for my family, I had a lot of fun putting this together and discovered just how much my family supports my craft!