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Interview with Scott Laskey - Brass Chats
So, in December of 2017 we went on an epic adventure and filmed 10 episodes of Brass Chats around the country. Among these was Scott Laskey, who we caught up with at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
After the trip we had some planning to do, including the order in which these Brass Chats should be released. We based our decisions on a few criteria, and ended up deciding (back in December) to release Scott's chat in September, 2018.
If you're here, you probably know by now: Scott passed away about a month ago. He will be dearly missed by the trumpet, brass, and music communities. We very much regret that he never got to see this Brass Chat, which is absolutely fantastic and will be appreciated and combed over for many years because of the wide array of topics he covers, and the wisdom he brought to the table.
In a first for Brass Chats, we have decided to release this Chat unedited. We don't want you to miss out on any part of this interview, which was among his last. It runs for about one hour and fifteen minutes, and as you'll see, could have gone muuuuch longer if time had permitted. If you need more motivation to watch, the following phrase might help: "Bud Herseth's mouthpiece."
There will be no coupon code this month. Don't buy Monster Oil... Instead:
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your best Scott story. This is something his family has set up, and we can't wait to see the final product, so don't delay.
2. Grab your favorite Laskey mouthpiece and play as loud as you're able for as long as possible in your next practice session.
We will miss you, Scott! Thanks for everything you did for the trumpet world, and thanks for hanging out with us.
Buckle up, it's Brass Chats time! This month's candidate is a real treat. If you want to know:
- what it was like playing with Chris Martin
- how many practice hours you should be putting in on your instrument
- how to get an efficient warm up in twenty minutes
- how to be a more consistent player
...look no further than Brass Chats, Season 2, Episode 7: Tage Larsen. He's the 4th/utility trumpet player with the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and if you listen to him chat with us for a bit, you just also might hear about:
- his favorite new exercise craze
- singing in a reggae band
- just what in the heck he has to do with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
Join us! Thanks Tage!!!
He practiced five hours a day for like ten straight years, keeping detailed logs the entire time, and he shares these logs with his students.
He played with a good handful of principal trumpets in Houston, informing his second-trumpet expertise more than nearly any other player—ever.
He almost stopped playing in Houston 'cause he couldn't figure trumpet out.
He rides escalators in the wrong direction.
He changed his trumpet playing completely using a dental apparatus (could you do the same?...it's like a get-good-quick scheme. People like that, right? You guys like that?).
It's been a "long time" since he cried himself to sleep. (sure, Tony.)
He has the inside scoop on what it's like to play with Dave Bilger.
And of course—he passed the Monster Round with flying colors.
He is.....the Most Interesting Second Trumpet Player in the World.
Monster Lesson: when your creative juices aren't flowing, steal and modify something someone else has created. This applies HEAVILY to trumpet. And jazz. And making blog posts. We'd like to thank Dos Equis Beer. Prost, Prisk, and enjoy this month's installment of Brass Chats!!!
What happens when you sit down with Neal Berntsen, second trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony, at Heinz Hall, and dig into trumpet nuts and bolts? Well....
You learn what you're not doing right in your morning ritual. You ask yourself about your own trumpet routine. You reconsider how to stay healthy. You realize that you're bad at articulation. You realize that your sound isn't quite what it should be (but Neal's is). You hear about Chris Martin getting punched in the face (???). You talk about trumpet legends, like Bud, George, and Manny.
Bach vs. Yamaha? Basketball? Favorite trumpet recording? MARK HUGHES' MUSTACHE?!?!?!? ....it's all here. Enough said—getcha some Neal!
Pierre Thibaud. Bill Vacchiano. Arnold Jacobs. Armando Ghitalla. Roger Voisin. Besides trumpet influence, what do these guys have in common? Well, if we're writing it here, you can probably guess: this month's Brass Chatter, Stephen Burns. Oh yeah: Mel Broiles. Håkan Hardenberger. Tom Stevens. Others. Stories abound and we get great stuff from each one.
How much do you practice? ...bet it's not as much as Steve did...in high school. Let alone later on in life. Want to hear about the kind of focus it takes to win the 1st Grand Prix in the Maurice André International Competition? Your clues lie within...
Perhaps most importantly is a question we should all be asking ourselves: what is the modern trumpet player? What is the modern musician? Just how the hell are we supposed to get audiences, make money, build a reputation, and create new music, assuming we can ever figure out how to play the damned instrument in the first place? It's all in there. The key is here.
He's a man who forged his own path. He's a thinker. He's a trumpet genius. He's Steve Burns. And now, he's a Brass Chatter! So get going. And make sure you watch all the way to the end. And thanks, Steve!!
Love, - Monsters