What Happens When You Quit Caring About "Being the Best" and Embracing Your True Love with Nathaniel Mayfield

-Those mysterious flying walking penguins...01:12

-Introduction of Nate Mayfield...05:30

-Nate's worst performance moment...08:17

-What happens when you no longer care about being "the best"...12:30

-How to stay focused on music when you're overwhelmed with life's responsibilities...14:40

-Focus on your purpose with music and otherwise...17:15

-Nate Mayfield on "The Hot Seat"...20:50

  • Preparing for a performance 5 minutes before going on stage
  • The best performance advice you've ever received
  • Dealing with dry mouth
  • The dream performance scenario

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About the Podcast

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Trumpet Dynamics
The Story of the Trumpet, In the Words of Those Who Play It

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James Newcomb

"James, thank you for the wonderful experience of getting the chance to talk on your show. You create a warm friendly atmosphere, and ask interesting questions that lead us to interesting places! I thoroughly enjoyed our interaction and really respect your skill and depth as a host/interviewer."

--Chris Gekker, Professor of Trumpet University of Maryland

"Dear James, Thanks for featuring me on one of your podcasts.  I enjoyed our interaction and appreciated being asked questions about my early music roots when I was growing up in Kimball, Nebraska.  All of your questions were well thought out, and I could tell that you wanted to know more about me and who influenced me, rather than the usual career highlights type of questions typically asked."

--David Hickman, Professor Emeritus Arizone State University

"Dear James, Thanks for inviting me to be interviewed on your podcast. I truly enjoyed our conversation. You helped me feel quite at ease and kept things moving with thoughtful questions and pertinent observations."

--Stanley Friedman, Prolific composer, former orchestral trumpeter

"Dear James, I am very happy that I could talk with you about trumpet and other important things in my life. Your knowledge and friendly atmosphere gives me a good feeling. I hope that this interview will be helpful to the trumpet players."

--Slawomir Cichor, Polish trumpet soloist and composer

"James is great. He's personable, relatable and keen to the insights we'd all like to glean from fellow players. Thanks for your awesome contribution to the online trumpet community and I look forward to many great episodes in the future!"

--James Blackwell, Lead trumpeter and freelance artist

"James was such a pleasure to talk with during our interview. He asked all the right questions, made me laugh and feel at ease while also creating engaging discussion. His genuine interest in my new works for guitar quartet and trumpet highlighted all the most important aspects of the project. Thank you James for creating this opportunity to contribute and be part of the trumpet community."

--Sarah Herbert, Professor of trumpet Western Kentucky University