When we’re young, we obsess over our flaws and shortcomings and devise methods to improve and overcome them. We study our instruments and music theory and play lots of solo literature. But, most of what we do as musicians in the REAL WORLD is about playing for and with others.
You want to guarantee your success and longevity in the music business? Learn how to be a great section player. Learn how to be a great band mate. Learn how to be a friend. Those 3 week tours or years of sitting next to the same person will be much more enjoyable…and so will the music.
I hear so much talk of the great solo but would prefer to hear more talk of great performances by a group of musicians. That’s where the magic lays for me. Music for people made by people.
I don’t get called for too many solo trombone gigs.