New York based trombonist and member of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Weston Sprott shares with us the some tips on building the perfect music practice routine as a classical player and the emotional and physical effect of not doing those routines at that time. Weston talks about the differences between being an orchestral player in U.S orchestras and in Europe orchestras. Weston also tells us at what point of his career did he sense that teaching was also something that he wanted to do as well
“Practice more efficiently and to also practice shorter time frames. if you practice too much, you put yourelf at the risk of injury at all times. You have to be very careful to make sure that you’re doing an appropriate amount of work, that you’re always getting better and that you’re always prepared, but not so much that you may hurt yourself. ”
– Weston Sprott
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Worst Moment in Music
- Weston remembered being invited to take an audition in a big orchestra a few years ago. Weston actually had a previous friendship with the music director that orchestrated, so it was not even on his radar and he called Weston and said he remembered Weston playing because he conducted a summit at Curtis and he was really hoping that Weston could come in addition for his orchestra. Weston looked at the calendar and saw the dates. Weston was really busy, and the date of the audition was backed up by a lot of things that Weston had committed to do. Weston said yes to the audition. Weston thought that he would do a good job. Weston stayed up after the operas each night and practiced a lot. Weston went down there for the audition and it was a disaster. Weston learned that no matter who you are and how hard you worked every person has their own physical and mental limitations. Every time you decide that you want to do something, you’re taking away from something else. You can’t just always keep putting more things in the basket. The basket has a limit. Sometimes when you want to put something in, you have to take something out.
Musical Lightbulb Moment
- A few years ago Weston had a student at South Africa who is kinda financially under privileged, but very hardworking and they started doing lessons via Skype. One day it just dawned upon Weston that he should sponsor his student to come to New York. Weston’s student has never left his home country and Weston thought of bringing him to New York to come to the Opera every night so they can both go and hear some jazz and watch lessons and all these things. Weston felt that it would be a great experience it’s going to be for this guy to be able to come in and do these things and Weston never really thought about what benefit he would get from it. Weston thought that he would do this wonderful things for this person and have a great time and it’s going to be really nice, but what end up happening was Weston had a great experience and he got to really learned what it means to do something for someone else. Weston got the opportunity to see his world through someone else’s eyes. That’s a very meaningful thing it gives a greater appreciation for what you have and it also gives you a greater desire to be able to see things from someone else’s perspective.
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