Any flugelhorn tips?

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  1. snazzycornet

    snazzycornet New Friend

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    Hello I recently bought a flugelhorn and was wondering if anyone had any tips before it comes. I have always played cornet and recently been playing some trumpet. Anyone have any tips for techniques or anything flugel specific?
     
  2. kingtrumpet

    kingtrumpet Utimate User

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    you have to wait until you get the flugle ---probably have to adjust "your blow" -- in other words my flugle is lots different in the amount of air it takes compared to my trumpet --- but other than that they play pretty much the same ---- the flugle is less responsive above the staff, but then again, it's a flugle, meant for mellow tones anyhow.
     
  3. Chuck Cox

    Chuck Cox Forte User

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    Play it like you own it.
     
  4. SteveRicks

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    Snazzsycornet -I've been playing trumpet for almost 50 years but bought my first flugel several weeks ago. I'm finding that easing back and letting the horn "play itself" is the main change I am making. While you need to keep air supported, it doesn't require the effort that the trumpet does. Again, backing off works better for me. Best of luck.
     
  5. Trumpet Dreamer

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    And, make sure you find the right mouthpiece for the horn! Many flugels will sound like a trumpet if you are not careful with the mouthpiece selection. I'm partial to Denis Wick and Flip Oakes mouthpieces. Good luck!
     
  6. SteveRicks

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    Ditto trumpet dreamer. Flu gels have one of 3 tapers. You need a mouthpiece to match the one you buy. Go to Kanstul website and look in the mouthpiece section for an explanation.
     
  7. duanemassey

    duanemassey Piano User

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    Try to change your approach to playing. Play relaxed, both mentally and physically, and get comfortable with the horn. Don't "attack" the horn, be subtle.
    Definitely make an effort to find a mouthpiece that suits you, and choose one that lets the notes "speak" without effort.
    Good luck, you'll enjoy it.
     
  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    lace lingerie not leather and studs. A flugel wants to be stroked, not beat into submission. Could be the beginning of a love affair!
     
  9. tedh1951

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    Steve, does that realisation change the way you approach your trumpet? That's EXACTLY what Dave Monette and Jason Harrelson say in their climation instructions - I think.
     

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