One of the things that people tend to like most about trumpets is its incredible way to play loud and strident during a passage and then switch and play so delicately it makes you want to cry. Composers have taken advantage of this trait and have written solos to exhibit both of these characteristics. Here are some tips on how to play with both.
Play freely. It is your solo, the band will have to follow your lead. Many great solos have been murdered because the player played them straight. Allow yourself to be absorbed by the piece and play from your mind. It doesn't hurt to hold a note a little longer sometimes, as long as it adds to the music. Paint a picture in the audience's head of what you feel that the solo should say.
Memorize it. Practice the solo so much that you could play it at will. This shows that it has become a part of you, it is in your everyday life. This helps to diminish nervousness about the solo and will improve its quality.
Always play in the style the solo requires. If the piece is baroque, play baroque. If it's jazz, play jazz. Make the solo sound as authentic as you can make it sound.
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