Can you play a mellophone part on a trumpet

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  1. Pie Girl

    Pie Girl New Friend

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    Just curious could you play a mellophone part on a trumpet? like would it sound stupid? (think marching band)
     
  2. TrumpetMD

    TrumpetMD Fortissimo User

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    There may be some low notes that are outside the trumpet's range. But otherwise, I think you can do it. And for marching band, I don't think it would sound bad.

    Mike
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

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    Remember that like the trumpet, the mellophone is a transposing instrument.
     
  4. chef8489

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    Get a bass trumpet.
     
  5. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

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    The Mellophone is pitched in Eb or F, sounding a 4th below the Bb trumpet, to play on the Bb trumpet transpose up a 4th or 5th and the pitch will be an octave above the Mellophone pitch. We have to do this in orchestra when the older music is written for trumpets in F.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  6. Sethoflagos

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    The mellophone is a conical bore instrument, so lacking one, the best alternative would be a tenor horn (maybe you call them alto horns?).

    Trumpets generally lack the "mellow" factor, so if you only have Bb tuned instruments available, a flugel would be best, though a cornet would do.
     

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