"Airy" Trumpet Sound

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Etiennse, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    Always start a not with a tongue.
    It may sound contradictory, but using more air fixes airy notes.
    Also, spend more time just with you mouthpiece.
    Make sure your buzz is good.
     
  2. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

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    Using more air only works once the lips are buzzing properly. Please, let's not continue to say use more air out of context; it can cause the situation to get worse instead of better, though I applaud the desire to help.
     
  3. hhsTrumpet

    hhsTrumpet Piano User

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    Etiennse, do you have a trumpet teacher? They can help A LOT.
     
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  4. hahkeystah

    hahkeystah Piano User

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    Marks advice is dead on. It's something I've got down on low brass, but still working on for trumpet. Thanks for this, putting it in plain English helps alot.
     
  5. shofar-blast

    shofar-blast New Friend

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    I was having this problem in college and my trumpet professor gave me an exercise to do that took care of the problem for me. It helped refocus my embouchure so the air was going through the mouthpiece.

    • Play a G (second line of treble clef staff).
    • slowly lip your way down to F# and hold a few beats
    • then play F# with correct fingering - hold a few beats
    • then play G again and hold a few beats.
    • Then, play F#
    • lip your way down to F and hold a few beats
    • play F with correct fingering
    • play F#
    • Continue this process down to middle C

    I did this daily for a week or two and it helped amazingly well.

    I still use this from time to time and have shared it with students over the years.
     
  6. hahkeystah

    hahkeystah Piano User

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    A bit out-of-the-way, but I can attest to its veracity. I'd forgotten this.
     
  7. Mark_Kindy

    Mark_Kindy Mezzo Forte User

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    A graduate student friend of mine does something somewhat similar. She will begin on 2nd line g, bend the pitch as low as she can, and let it break down into low c (crescendo the entire time). She will then do f#-b, f-bflat, etc down to C#-F#
     

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