My tone is good from middle c to g on the staff. WHY?

If you sound good over middle c and bad under low c. AND you sound good when playing loud but bad when playing soft then your chops are TOO open. The aperture adjusts for both range and volume. Work on long tones include long crescendos and decrescendos. You know the stuff at the front of the Schlossberg. That teaches aperture control. I also like lip buzzing. Pops

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Attacks

  My first attacks are always bad. After the first one its ok. There are a couple of possible things going on here. Physical : Improper chop setting (too tense creates a seal that will not let air out) Not timing the elements of the attack together (breath, tongue,air support, air flow) Sensation (the student does not yet feel the note but relies on sound to make the proper pitch.) A drill combining sight singing and playing can help here. Mental: Nerves (I’ve seen people who were so concerned about being wrong that they could not play a scale in front of another person.) This is a tough one and takes a great deal of time. Being unsure (A sensation drill can solve this.) Both physical and mental : This is most likely the case here. Work on the sensation drill and on setting up drills. Play a note remove […]

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Chet Baker sound

How can I get that airy Jazz trumpet sound? 99 million trumpet players trying to prevent getting air in the tone and I’m posting to 1 who wants it. I must be bored today. ————– The size of the lip aperture chances in regard to the amount of air that you blow through it. So there are as many aperture settings for middle c as there are dynamic levels. The airy sound can be had with ANY embouchure. Work on playing a note at ff then keeping the lip aperture the same (this takes some thought) back off the amount of air that you are using. If you can keep the same aperture size then using less air will make the air less densely packed and the result will affect your tone. Be careful not to fall below pitch (or too far below). And be aware that this slows down […]

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Sensation Theory: Range and Ear-Training

Using the Sensation Drill One of the biggest problems that all trumpet players face is that of missing the first note of a solo. If that note is above the normal range then the problem is magnified. The sensation drill ‘WILL’ solve this. The sensation drill uses ear-training by making you play a series of unconnected notes. To improve the drill once you become familiar with it try playing every other note or play backwards from the end to the beginning. As range permits the sensation drill ‘MUST’ be played an octave up to make you very secure in the upper register. Pops

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Tone and listening

How can I tell what I sound like? There is a lot to be said about the value of listening when it comes to developing a good tone. This listening is a 2 way street. You have to listen to players who have a good tone and you have to listen to yourself. This is the hard part. The sound that you hear behind the horn is vastly different from the sound that is projected into the audience. There is a very easy way to hear how you sound. Tape record your playing and use it as a learning tool. It is normal to not hear your own mistakes as you play. This means that many faults that you could easily fix don’t get addressed. A tape is a harsh and unforgiving judge. Every missed note, faulty articulation, or inaccurate phrase is there for you to study. Everyone should record […]

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Trumpet nodes and acoustics

Subject: Re: Nodes, intonation, pedals and super R#. Well the number of nodes inside a trumpet depends on which harmonic is being played. I will discuss a Bbtrumpet using no valves. (The use of valves changes which harmonic is being sounded as in the use of alternate fingerings.) The note 2 octaves under low c has only 1/4 of a complete wavelength in the trumpet. It also has only 1 node in the horn. Pedal c has 1/2 of a wavelength and 2 nodes in the horn. Low c has a complete wavelength in the trumpet and 3 nodes. Second line g has 1.5 wavelengths and 4 nodes in the horn. Middle c has 2 wavelengths and 5 nodes in the horn. 4th space e has 6 nodes. G has 7, Bb has 8 and high c has 4 complete wavelengths and 9 nodes in the horn. Super c has […]

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