Beginner trumpet chops

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by YTR-2335, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. YTR-2335

    YTR-2335 New Friend

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    Hello all I just started playing the trumpet about 3 weeks ago and I am struggling. I can usually get a fair sound for maybe 15 min or so and then it just goes away. I guess my lips swell. I can lay off for several hours and get another 15 min or so or sometimes just have to wait til the next day. Will this get better with time? I mean will my endurance improve? Is the trumpet really this hard to play or am I doing somthing wrong? I am waiting for the local trumpet teacher to call me to get some lessons but for now I'm on my own.
     
  2. uatrmpt

    uatrmpt Piano User

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    That's pretty normal for the first few weeks of playing; however, you should start trying to increase your time. Just keep focused on saying the letter M and then rolling the lips in just a little bit. Don't let the mouthpiece pin your lips open.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Billy B

    Billy B Pianissimo User

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    Since you are planning on taking lessons, it would be best for you to not play untill you are at your first lesson.
     
  4. Ari

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    YTR-2335: we are in the same situation. In fact, I´ve got and YTR-2335 trumpet too :)

    Can somebody answer me about buzzing? How important is this? I cant buzz a note over e (the lowest on the clef) without "smiling". I´ve read alot about embouchures, and think i´ve figured out a good one. My teacher also went along with my embouchure. Sometimes (espescially in the low og upper middle register) I must struggle to make my lips vibrate. Is this because me not beeing used to buzzing? What can i do to improve this?
     
  5. eisprl

    eisprl Mezzo Piano User

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    If you are having trouble making your lips vibrate, might I suggest you making sure they are tight and blow more air through.
     
  6. YTR-2335

    YTR-2335 New Friend

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    You're probably righ but I want to play it so I simply can not refraim. The other thing is the trumpet teacher has not called me back yet to set somthing up. I have called several times and left messages but no response. Maybe he is not taking on new students or somthing so I may be on my own. :-(
     
  7. Ari

    Ari New Friend

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    i´m sure you can find another teacher. Just visit your local music shop and leave a note or something.
     
  8. cmcdougall

    cmcdougall Piano User

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    I dont think you should focus on a precise chop set, just get with a good teacher so he/she can make sure you are not doing anything detrimental to tone production and then do what feels natural.
     

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