Dirty Growling

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Domination3785, May 1, 2015.

  1. Domination3785

    Domination3785 Pianissimo User

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    Hi everyone,

    I have always been a fan of the sound of growls, most notably Wynton Marsalis' growl. Does anyone have any advice as to how I could possibly practice growling, especially in the upper register? For example, are there any growling 'exercises' per say? My growl is currently reasonably dirty, but isn't quite like the sound I would like it to be. Thanks!
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Emulate. Based on what you offered, that's the best I can offer. Flutter tongue with or without half-valving and/or a plunger effect.

    Oh, and I really like this playing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRjItDLnAwc
     
  3. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

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    Keep at it, Domination3785, it doesn't take much time at all to work it out.
     
  4. limepickle

    limepickle Piano User

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    Do a loud hum instead of directly trying to growl. The dissonance is what creates that "dirty" growl.
     
  5. Furcifer

    Furcifer Pianissimo User

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    Indeed, for most *modern* bluesy stuff, the "hum-growl"/distortion is better than a "dog-growl" from the back of the throat - and easier/less disruptive to your playing, once you get used to it. A flutter-tongue in a plunger or a harmon is even dirtier-sounding, but it's a little more dated, so which one you'd use would be related to the time period of the style that you're trying to invoke.
     

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