3rd valve slide - in or out?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by FreeBandMusic, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. FreeBandMusic

    FreeBandMusic New Friend

    Nov 29, 2009
    I'm a trombone player and has-been band director. My daughter is a hotshot 6th grade trumpet player, so I've picked up a an old trumpet and I've been tooting along with her. But now I've got a question...

    What is the default position on the 3rd valve slide? Do you play with the slide all the way IN, but push out for D and C#, or do you play with the slide OUT, and pull in for Eb and Ab?

    Just wondering...
    John Thompson
  2. bagmangood

    bagmangood Forte User

    generally, keep it in until the d and c#
    and welcome to the brighter side of life
  3. trumpetup

    trumpetup Piano User

    Jan 12, 2009
    Godley, Texas
    Welcome to Trumpet Master John,
    Play with the 3rd valve slide in and kick it out for C# and D.
    Enjoy the time with your daughter. They grow up fast.
    Good Luck, Bobby
  4. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

    Mar 25, 2005
    Indianapolis, In
    Welcome to TM, enjoy your stay. Normally we play with the slide in other than on C# and D.
  5. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

    Oct 22, 2008
    Like the others, I usually leave it in, and kick it out for low D's and C#'s.

    However, if I'm playing a passage with a lot of low D's and C#'s, and no Eb's or A'bs, I might leave the slide out.

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