Australian virtuoso jazz trumpeter multiplies his own body

by | Jan 22, 2018 | Articles, General Updates | 0 comments

Here’s a bit of fun for you:

Did you notice anything a bit odd about this video?

If not, watch it again then come back, you’ll have a laugh I’m sure.

That’s right:

Through the magic of trick photography, the same musician is playing every instrument (except for the drummer) in this 17 piece band.

This is James Morrison – one of the leading figures in Australian jazz.

But stop and think about this for a minute:

Most of us struggle to master just one instrument in our lifespan.

But here’s a guy that can play trumpet, piano, all the brass section, saxophones, and double bass.…with flawless technique at that.

How is this possible? Surely there’s no man on earth that has this many hours a day to perfect their technique on all those instruments.

But it gets even weirder.

James Morrison claims to never practice. I’m not kidding.

I’ll prove it to you – here’s an excerpt from an interview with Morrison:

“Q: What is your daily practice routine?

JM: I have no routine, I don’t practice. As far as physically playing goes, I just play my performances and jam with my sons when I’m home. For me, the preparation for playing is done completely mentally, I think about it subconsciously and then it feels familiar when I go to play on a conscious level. Although this may sound strange, it’s really quite simple. The thing that makes it work is having an awareness of your subconscious mind, this is what does all the work when you are playing anyway — nobody actually thinks consciously of everything they are doing, that would be impossible. When somebody practices for hours, they are really just transferring information many times to their subconscious, so it can perform the task at a later time. All I do that is different is transfer the information very few times (maybe only once).”

The moral of the story:

It’s obvious that James Morrison knows something profound (that he hinted at in the above interview) that most other musicians overlook when it comes to training their technique…

Namely, how to harness the power of your subconscious mind – to get astonishing results.

Greg O’Rourke,
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