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Jens Lindemann Master Class Quotes from George Mason University (Part 3 of 3)

Andrew Hitz

Here is the final installment of Jens Lindemann quotes from his master class at George Mason last semester for our brass ensemble.  It was a pleasure to have him.  He left the students inspired and in the practice room!

  • "When I get to the bottom I think of adding volume of air, not volume of sound.  Keep things set and then apply air."
     
  • "When I hear people say 'I'm not really a high note player.  I'm more of a second player and focus on this octave and a half.' I call bullshit."
     
  • "We are taught to play low to high from day one.  That's a terrible idea."
     
  • "High notes are faster vibrations.  They're not high."
     
  • "The faster you think of everything on a horizontal plane including air-wise, the beter off you'll be.  Horizontally away from you, not up."
     
  • "By the time you get to college you're not so much learning new things but unlearning old things."
     
  • "The instrument is right here (his lips.) (The trumpet) is just an amplifier."
     
  • "We're far too dependent when we're young on the tongue to start notes."
     
  • "The way to practice using the mid-section of our bodies is breath attacks."
     
  • "There's no mystery as to what we're doing here.  It's just plumbing."
     
  • "The instrument is not profound.  The body is profound."
     
  • "Playing an octave is no big deal.  Then you add a slur and every body freaks out.  That stupid line makes everybody freak out."
     
  • "There's no such thing as a slur on a trumpet.  It simply means play from one note to the next without a tongue."
     
  • "You can mask a slur by crescendoing slightly on the bottom note."
     
  • "I'm a lot more relaxed about mouthpieces now than when I was coming up."
     
  • "I'm not a believer in finding the biggest mouthpiece that you can get for your instrument.  And that includes the professionals who are hoisting that upon you.  They are wrong."
     
  • "It's important for you to know that you can get things done on mid-sized equipment."