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This is often a reason I'm afraid to play, because I'm afraid I'm not going to be hitting the same notes as the rest of the section. I imagine you don't sing, do you? I don't, but I have a good ear. If you sang maybe you do, I dunno you'd know that in order to sing in tune, the ear is the most important part of the body. I can't offer any advice on ear training, really, but it can help with playing almost any instrument, especially brass.

Simple as that. Hear the notes in your head. For instance, practice your open notes, from low C to as high as you are comfortable and really listen to the intonation and how those notes sound in relation to each other. If you really can't make much sense of this as you practice, find a private teacher to steer you in the right direction - that's invaluable. My Jazz Band director was so adement about this point. He would want us to make hundreds of mistakes as long as they were with conviction. It made the band one of the best bands in the state.

Definitely when you are performing which includes band rehersals etc , play like you can't make a mistake. There is an old saying I recall: You can tell the best trumpet players by how loud their mistakes are. Basically, the top trumpet players always think that they are going to play it right, so when the do occasionally screw it up, it is normally pretty darn noticable. However, when you are practicing, I think it is important that you play a different dynamics etc.

Never feebly but don't blast away and hope for the best. Mark Van Cleave. As for not knowing what is going to come out of the trumpet, the best thing you can do is to practice singing a phrase and then playing it on the trumpet. You have to learn to hear what you are about to play clearly in your head. If you are struggling with this then you will have tone troubles. Once you get fairly accurate at singing and playing, start sight-reading music by singing through it first while pushing the correct valves down, then from there play it on the trumpet.

Don't worry too much about whether you are singing it right or not to begin with. You will get used to reading the shape etc of the music and just do it by instinct. Thanks I'm reading that article right now. But I can't help but wonder I've noticed most other trumpet players put there lips on the mouthpiece differently and I'm mostly likely not doing it right.

All I know is right now, I have trouble even holding a middle C Which means I can just barely do a low concert Bb scale. But yeah, I'm going to try the things you guys have mentioned. EDIT: Read the thing, really helping me improve overall fast. Followed his advice about playing low notes loud and soft notes quieter and now I can hit middle C's like nothing.

One question though, how do you make sure that after practicing and hitting all the whole notes and getting the better tone, that next time you pick up the trumpet your tone won't go back to sucking and NOT being able to hit those notes? That is WHY you practice! Just keep practicing the Mark Van Cleave exercise and really make sure you are following it like it says. Low for loud, and gradually back off as you ascend Basically you play just quite enough that the note clicks up to the next note above with that same fingering partial.

Also, remember that the Mark Van Cleave exercise is only an exercise! Real music is often written with a crescendo Get louder to higher notes. However, once the exercise trains your lips it won't matter what dynamic loudness you are playing at. Just keep adding another partial The next note with the same fingering to the top of the exercise when you are comfortable with the last one. You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

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Paste as plain text instead. Only 75 emoji are allowed. Display as a link instead. Clear editor. Upload or insert images from URL. Advice and Techniques Search In. What's the secret to getting a great trumpet tone? Recommended Posts. Posted August 18, Share this post Link to post Share on other sites.

One word: AIR! I'll let others explain.

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Feel the sound, imagine it. Trumpet is one of those instruments where it helps if you're a prick. Sometimes applies to trombonists too. Very good Robin! Posted August 19, James H. It's better to play loud and wrong than soft and tentative. Play out!

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Having gained professional qualifications for both trumpet and piano teaching, I feel the advice and observations I have to offer are at least of some worth. I hope that you will find this article useful, and that it will assist you in 'reaching those highs'! Common sense tells us that a certain amount of pressure is needed in order to make an airtight seal with the mouthpiece.

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Playing high on the trumpet requires dedication, determination, and consistent intelligent practice. Intelligent practice is using practice time wisely. It is therefore important to make every single note you play premium quality. In other words, aim to get things right the first time, every time.

This should be your goal, and nothing less. Intelligent practice is also knowing when to give up for the day. Changing mouthpiece is not a magic formula to being able to play high and loud. This is one of the first lessons I learnt at the Royal College of Music. My trumpet professor quickly pointed out that almost any new mouthpiece is going to feel better, as part of it will fall on fresh lip muscle.

Granted, a smaller mouthpiece might help you to hit the high notes in the centre, and stay at the top longer at the expense of tone quality in the lower register but if you need a smaller mouthpiece in order to get the high notes in the first place, then something is wrong.

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Control, tone quality, musicality, flexibility, and precision spring to mind, not to mention the ability to read music, transpose at sight, and improvise from chords. Similarly, an orchestral trumpet player is expected to be able to enter a piece in the right place, at the right time, with a perfect note high or low after having sat through many bars rest. Work on developing your lip muscles, just as athletes develop the muscles needed for their chosen sport.

There are many books on the market to help you do this. It will take time to build up strength and stamina in your lips. Make sure you fill your lungs up from the bottom imagine filling a bottle with water , then use your diaphragm to push the air out. Don't raise your shoulders, as this is unnecessary and creates tension.

Learning to breath correctly is essential to being able to play high and loud. Sit up straight or stand straight, holding your trumpet up at all times. The idea behind this is to give the airflow the easiest passage from the lungs to the mouthpiece. Of course, some famous jazz trumpet players appear to break all the rules, but the key word here is 'some'. The vast majority of players rely on tried and trusted methods in order to reach their full potential. The position of the tongue is important.

Lowering the tongue in the position when we say 'ah' increases the volume of air, but to play high, speed is more important than volume. Arching the tongue in the position when we say 'ee' helps to increase the speed of the air. This is very easy to put into writing, but much harder to put into practice! It will probably hurt to read this, but if you are serious about becoming a top class player, and being able to play high, then you have to work at it, and work hard.

Two or three days practice a week is not going to do it. You must aim to practise every day.

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