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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by jplan, Sep 2, 2010.
what can i do to get a better bell tone?
Sometimes players tend to cut off their bell tones to short. Give the note an accent and it's full value (no carrot-top). Remember, bells ring- that's what you want to do
Everything good with the trumpet starts with breath support. If your sound is not floating on air, nothing really gets better. Once it is, most questions don't come up anymore.
First Grasshopper, you must master dial-tone then touch-tone.
Then bell tone
Lastly, DTMF (dual tone multifrequency)
By that time, you may be old and going deaf, the fine folks at Beltone can then sell you a hearing aid.
pardon me, but what exactly is bell tone?
Here's one way to possibly get a better bell tone:
Play a long soft tone. Bend the tone slowly up and down. There will be a point when you are bending that the sound will brighten up. That's where you want to be.
My interpretation of the question is that often times there are "bell tone" phrases in a piece of music where it's either actually notated as "bell tones" or it's interpreted that way - typically quarter note or half notes that are standing on their own or in answer to another phrase from another instrument.
Bell tones to me are more about the way the note is accented, and that has less to do with the articulation as it does with the way the air is used. The actual articulation should be no harder than normal, but the accent comes from the air, which is pushed hard at the beginning of the note, but quickly backs off for the remainder of the note, and as LakerJazz said the note has to be played for full value - a bell doesn't stop ringing - it continues to resonate.
That's my take on it.
Great advice already given above. Be sure to experiment around with acents and air stream. Best thing to do is have someone who knows what you are asking about to listen as you noodle around trying to find the right ring and resonance afterward. How its done can be slightly different for everyone, as is the right belltone sound may be slightly different for every player and instrument. Its very subjective. Best wishes.