Bb vs G Soprano

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  1. edcon1981

    edcon1981 Mezzo Forte User

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    hey guys, i recently got involved with a drum corps, and they issued me a soprano trumpet in the key of g. normally i play my Bb horns... my question is this: are the mouth pieces interchangeable? are the fingerings the same? will this horn make it easier to hit the notes in the music they gave me that i laughed at? is there anything else i need to know or consider when switching from Bb to G?

    thanx for your input!!
     
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  2. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    A high G trumpet can make life easy in the high range if you get along with it. Not everybody does. If you are playing G trumpet parts, the fingerings are the same.

    My experience is not that more high notes come out, but it is easier to play high cleanly.

    You can keep your mouthpiece, I use a smaller one myself.

    When switching, just don't forget that big breath. It is the secret of the masters!
     
  3. bnbtrpt

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    Sorry high G tpt? Dont think so. These old Drum corps horns are pitched a minor third lower than that of a Bb trumpet. They are in low G. The fingerings are the same. When you play a written C on a G Bugle it sounds concert G.
     
  4. MJ

    MJ Administrator Staff Member

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    Case closed :D

     
  5. edcon1981

    edcon1981 Mezzo Forte User

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    aaaaah. okay, now i understand. the pitch is lower, so those "high" notes i'm seeing are actually lower. got it. this i didn't know. obvouisly i'm an amateur, and haven't strayed past Bb, and i haven't played the horn or the music yet (they gave me the horn, but since i recently moved i had to go dig my mouthpieces out of storage).
     
  6. edcon1981

    edcon1981 Mezzo Forte User

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    well who's right, is there a high g trumpet?

     
  7. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    If it is lower than a Bb (or A) isn't it an alto trumpet? The G sopranos that I have played were higher.
     
  8. tehstarky

    tehstarky New Friend

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    What corps are you marching? I thought that DCI regulations required that all horns be in Bb
     
  9. edcon1981

    edcon1981 Mezzo Forte User

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    it's a non DCI alumni corps.
     
  10. edcon1981

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    It's definitely a g soprano trumpet...
     

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