Why teach this?

You teach stuff I’ve never seen before. Why is that? There are several reasons why I teach and tell more to my students than you’ve experienced before. 1. Most players were taught by either non trumpet playing H.S. Band Directors or by players that have limited experience. Since nobody can teach more than they know the pool of knowledge shrinks. 2. College education for trumpet performance is different than for teaching. Most college teachers prior to 10 years ago were general Music Ed majors or performance majors. General music may teach alot about the chant but it does not cover the trumpet well. As for performance majors they study the one embouchure they play . If they play well they never study playing problems and solutions, or other embouchures. After all the teacher assumes that if it is being played well then there is no reason to discuss embouchures or […]

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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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Should your lips be sore after practice

Should you be sore after pratice or playing can be answered in one word. NO!!!!! The lips may be tired for a few minutes or the mouth corners for 15 minutes or so , but anything more that this is a sign that you have caused some damage. As for being sore until after the next days warmup. Well that is way off base. If you feel sore or tired the next day then you bruised them and there is some swelling present. A competent teacher would never advise a student to play until that level of soreness was reached. Also that kind of soreness can only come from excessive mouthpiece pressure. What is normal and acceptable mouthpiece pressure for compressed lips (cushioned) is too much for flattened chops. You would be amazed at how many players set their chops and then unset (thin the lips and spread the embouchure) […]

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