Dirty notes

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Miyot, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. Miyot

    Miyot Pianissimo User

    Jul 22, 2007
    I haven't noticed this much before, but lately, as I work softly into the upper register, my notes sound dirty. Like I have a stray slobber or something. I have to work and adjust to get a clear sound. If I add air and play loud, forte and up, it is clear.

    If I play soft, it gets dirty or kind of buzzy. I can clear it up with work. Any tips or is this just a stupid question and I should just work on it. I hope its not the start of a problem.
  2. camelbrass

    camelbrass Mezzo Forte User

    Nov 5, 2003
    Dubai, UAE
    Same thing happens to me. It's usually when I'm not concentrating hard on the sound I'm making.

    Like you if I work at it I can clean it up. If it sounds bad I just stop and try again until it sounds good again and, surprisingly, if I focus hard I can get the sound back relatively easily.

    Playing high and soft sorts the men from the boys.


  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    it is not the start of a problem, it is just an artifact of "high tension" playing. 2 suggestions: 1) warm down after a heavy duty practice sessions - soft long low tones to get relaxed (you can do this with the mouthpiece in the car on the way home) and 2) add a bit more very soft practice time to your routine

    I am not a big advocate of extended warm up or down, but when I have a heavy playing schedule, I beat myself up sometimes and a little tender loving care seems to do the trick every time!
  4. Miyot

    Miyot Pianissimo User

    Jul 22, 2007
    Thanks, I'll work on it and try some more soft practice.
  5. Patric_Bernard

    Patric_Bernard Forte User

    Oct 25, 2007

    Woot, me and Rowuk agree for once haha. When you play soft, your use a small appeture. Its tight and very controled. When you play high, you use a small appeture. Its tight and very controled. They correspond. (Low notes meaning G in the staff to an octave below, maybe even middle C to Low G.

    Play very very soft, on the verge of dropping out of your sound and play long tones like that. Nick Has a very good example of what to practice on his site. (NickDrozdoff.com) Check them out and let us know what happens in about a month
  6. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Sometimes we'll get this sound if there is too much top-to-bottom pressure on the lips. Sometimes just dropping the jaw a hair will make the problem go away. Good luck!
  7. oldlou

    oldlou Forte User

    Aug 28, 2005
    Grand Rapids, Mi.
    Another reason can be an improper or insufficient warm up. Some easy mid range scales, arpegios, and lip slurs until fully warmed up will help.


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