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I make a playlist for every character I portray. Music plays a huge part in helping me understand a character. Every time I get a new role, I will take a chunk of time to just sit and listen to a bunch of songs and select the ones that make sense in my mind for that character. I can't even explain how much it helps me.
Playing the trumpet is such an intangible experience. The player is compelled to start from the beginning and build anew each day. It isn't like building a house, where we can resume building where we left off the previous day's accomplishments. Each new day we must rebuild the foundation of our musical structure.
Learning how to get in tune with your field of energy and understand how to create your energy, expand that energy, and move that energy through your body. Coming back to your center, and approaching life from that center-to-line place... That to me gave me strength and understanding and hopefully wisdom to solve life's problems and challenges.