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Adam Rapa Describes the Perfect Gig, His Worst Moment as a Performer, Channeling Anxiety into Energy, and Much More.
27th February 2022 • Trumpet Dynamics • James Newcomb
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What you're about to hear is an interview I did in 2017 with Adam Rapa. Adam's the founder of Lotus Trumpets, which launched just a few weeks after he and I recorded this interview. In fact, I was able to help out with some of the logistics relate to the launch at the ITG conference in Hershey, PA, and I recount some of those memories with an actionable lesson halfway through this episode.

**This interview was part of a series of interviews I did in the spring and summer of 2017 I called "Secrets of the Musical Mind. The archives of the entire series can be heard on my mobile app. Visit or for information on how to download the app and listen to the entire series!

In this episode, you'll hear:

-Introduction to Adam (2017)...04:00

-Argentinian music described...07:00

-Adam's "worst moment" as a performer....10:05

-How Adam defines "failure" as a performer...14:25

-Reconciling personal and audience expectations...18:15

-"Make Yourself Useful"...22:15

-What Adam is doing 5 minutes before a performance...28:30

-The best performance advice Adam's ever received...29:45

-Advice for dealing with stage fright...31:40

-Adam's "dream performance"...36:20

-And much more...

Resources mentioned:

Click here to read Adam's bio

Lotus Trumpets

Clarinet Concerto No. 2 featuring Adam Rapa and the Belgian Brass

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