Not being a virtuoso myself, I can't answer the question from personal experience. But there's no established standard for this sort of designation anyway. Even many high-caliber professional instrumentalists are not regarded as virtuosos. You have to be so good that your audience and your peers believe that there's basically nothing you can't do on your instrument.Obviously we're all looking to improve, and I'm looking to get to the 'virtuoso' standard. What do you have to have under your belt to be considered as a virtuoso, and what should I be practicing and listening to?
Becoming a true virtuoso is not easy for anyone.PD - Another thing that's been a major factor in your playing is this fantastic technique, that nobody's quite equaled. I've always wondered about that, too - whether there was - whether that came behind practicing or whether that was just from playing, whether it evolved gradually.
CP - Well, you make it so hard for me to answer you, you know, I can't see where there's anything fantastic about it all. I put quite a bit of study into the horn, that's true. In fact the neighbors threatened to ask my mother to move once when we were living out West. She said I was driving them crazy with the horn. I used to put in at least 11 to 15 hours a day.
PD - Yes, that's what I wondered.
CP - That's true, yes. I did that for over a period of three to four years.
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PD - I heard a record of yours a couple of months ago that somehow I've missed up to date, and I heard a little two-bar quote from the Klose book that was like an echo from home ...
CP - Yeah, yeah. Well that was all done with books, you know. Naturally, it wasn't done with mirrors, this time it was done with books.
PD - Well that's very reassuring to hear, because somehow I got the idea that you were just born with that technique, and you never had to worry too much about it, about keeping it working.
Host - You know, I'm very glad that he's bringing up this point because I think that a lot of young musicians tend to think that it isn't necessary to do this.
PD - Yeah, they do. They just go out and make those sessions and live the life, but they don't put in those 11 hours a day with any of the books.
CP - Oh definitely, study is absolutely necessary, in all forms. It's just like any talent that's born within somebody, it's like a good pair of shoes when you put a shine on it, you know. Like schooling brings out the polish of any talent that happens anywhere in the world. Einstein had schooling, but he has a definite genius, you know, within himself, schooling is one of the most wonderful things there's ever been, you know.
Obviously we're all looking to improve, and I'm looking to get to the 'virtuoso' standard. What do you have to have under your belt to be considered as a virtuoso, and what should I be practicing and listening to?