Considering on a Piccolo

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  1. BrassBandMajor

    BrassBandMajor Fortissimo User

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    Well, I have been thinking for a while but do you think if I played normal (Bb) trumpet for 8years now do you think I could possibly get on a fiddle around on the Piccolo? I really want to play The trumpet shall sound, Bit of Brandenburg Concerto 2, 3rd movement and Abblasen!
    I might trade a few horns I don't play to get one.
     
  2. Clarkvinmazz

    Clarkvinmazz Forte User

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    You could. I will say that I bought a piccolo about a year ago and the only thing I've played it on so far is bolero, just once.
     
  3. barliman2001

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    The piccolo is a very different beast from a normal Bb trumpet. You should gain some experience on higher trumpets - say, an Eb - and then work your way upwards. By the way, all those Baroque pieces you mentioned are far easier on a high G trumpet...
     
  4. BrassBandMajor

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    Did anyone actually work their way up like barliman said? I can't really afford two kinds of speciality trumpets...
     
  5. stumac

    stumac Fortissimo User

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    I have had my Selmer G for 20 years and never had a call to use it except for my own amusement, used my picc once in 15 years in public, not much call for other key trumpets in Big Band.

    Regards, Stuart.
     
  6. BrassBandMajor

    BrassBandMajor Fortissimo User

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    Of course Big-band repertoires are for Bb horns ain't it?
     
  7. Clarkvinmazz

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    Then don't buy any specialty trumpets.
     
  8. Ed Lee

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    The transition to a picc from conventional Bb trumpet / cornet was a chore but something I especially wanted to accomplish and I believe I have, and now enjoy doing so when appropriate. Too, I'm now in the high register without the effort or feeling ostentatious about it. It may sound different to hear Strauss's Tales From the Vienna Woods entirely on Brass without strings or reeds but that's how I play it.
     
  9. BrassBandMajor

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  10. flugelgirl

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    I owned a picc before a C or Eb/D, although I had done some playing on C before. I had no problems learning, but I was already an extremely strong player, and I studied with a competent teacher and practiced a LOT. If your intonation is already very good on Bb that will help. I always practice picc with a tuner, because intonation can be a little wild and it helps to see where you are on the spectrum. Getting a good sound can seem like it takes forever at first, so do a lot of listening to get a good concept of sound. Regular practice is key - if you only play once in a while, you'll sound like it, no matter how much time you've been putting in on other horns.
     
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